Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Gushtasp kills the dragon; recto: text: Ahran asks Qaesar for his daughter’s hand, Miran puts Ahran in touch with Gushtasp

citation

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; headings in red and black; recto: text, Ahran asks Qaesar for his daughter’s hand, Miran puts Ahran in touch with Gushtasp, 6 columns, 30 lines; verso: illustration and text, Gushtasp kills the dragon, seal, 6 columns, 22 lines, one of a group of 7 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red and gold rulings on cream-colored paper.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Husayni
Historical period(s)
Inju dynasty, Mongol period, February 1341 (Ramadan 741 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 36.8 x 30 cm (14 1/2 x 11 13/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1948.15
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
dragon, Gushtasp, Inju dynasty (1335 - 1357), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1948
Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., New York to 1948 [1]

From 1948
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., New York in 1948 [2]

Notes:

[1] See Freer Gallery or Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc.

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; headings in red and black; recto: text, Ahran asks Qaesar for his daughter’s hand, Miran puts Ahran in touch with Gushtasp, 6 columns, 30 lines; verso: illustration and text, Gushtasp kills the dragon, seal, 6 columns, 22 lines, one of a group of 7 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red and gold rulings on cream-colored paper.

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

Copyright with museum

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