Folio from the Silsilat al-dhahab (Chain of gold) in the Haft awrang (Seven thrones) by Jami (d. 1492); verso: The simple peasant entreats the salesman not to sell his wonderful donkey; recto: text

citation

Folio from the Silsilat al-dhahab (Chain of gold) from the Haft awrang (Seven thrones) by Jami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: text, illuminated headings in blue and red, gold column dividers, triangular verse illuminations; four columns, twenty-one lines of text; verso: The simple peasant entreats the salesman not to sell his wonderful donkey; one of a group of 304 folios.
Border: The recto is set in multicolored rulings stenciled in pink, outlined in gold; the verso is set in multicolored rulings on cream-colored paper with gold floral motifs.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Malik al-Daylami
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1556-1565
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 34.2 x 23.2 cm (13 7/16 x 9 1/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1946.12.38
On View Location
Freer Gallery 04: Engaging the Senses: Art in the Islamic World
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
commerce, donkey, Haft awrang, illumination, India, nasta'liq script, poems, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1946
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1946
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also, Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Description

Folio from the Silsilat al-dhahab (Chain of gold) from the Haft awrang (Seven thrones) by Jami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text, illuminated headings in blue and red, gold column dividers, triangular verse illuminations; four columns, twenty-one lines of text; verso: The simple peasant entreats the salesman not to sell his wonderful donkey; one of a group of 304 folios.
Border: The recto is set in multicolored rulings stenciled in pink, outlined in gold; the verso is set in multicolored rulings on cream-colored paper with gold floral motifs.

Inscription(s)

On cornice of building, in Arabic: "oh God, strengthen the rule of the just Sultan Abu'l-Muzaffar Shah Tahmasp al-Husayni. May God perpetuate his reign beyond the separation of the two worlds [death]."
Over doorway in Persian: "By the order of the library (kitabkhana) of Abu'-l Fath Sultan Ibrahim Mirza."

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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