Folio from a Zafarnama (Book of conquest) by Yazdi (d. 1450); recto: text, Samarqand receives the prince and his troops; verso: Timur’s entry into Samarqand

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Zafarnama (Book of conquest) by Yazdi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: text: Samarqand receives the prince and his troops, 4 columns, 12 lines; verso: illustration and text: Timur’s entry into Samarqand.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red, blue, and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Yaqub bin Hasan
Historical period(s)
Timurid period, 1436
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (paper): 25.9 x 13.2 cm (10 3/16 x 5 3/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1948.18
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Iran, naskh script, Timur, Timurid period (1378 - 1506), umbrella, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Zafarnama (Book of conquest) by Yazdi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: text: Samarqand receives the prince and his troops, 4 columns, 12 lines; verso: illustration and text: Timur's entry into Samarqand.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red, blue, and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

Label

Some of the earliest illustrated Timurid manuscripts were dynastic and universal histories. One such work is the Zafarnama (Book of conquest) commissioned by Ibrahim Sultan (reigned 1414-34), Timur's grandson and the governor of Fars province in southern Iran. The text, which celebrates Timur's reign (1370-1405) and bolsters his dynasty's right to rule over the newly conquered territories of Iran and Central Asia, depicts the ruler hunting, feasting, and fighting-activities traditionally associated with kingship.

Published References
  • Basil Gray. Persian Painting. Treasures of Asia Geneva. p. 97.
  • Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art. Exh. cat. New York. p. 249.
  • Beatrice Forbes Manz. The Legacy of Timur. vol. 2, no. 2 New York, Spring 1989. pp. 16-17, fig. 1.
  • Terence O'Donnell. Twenty-five Centuries of Persia. vol. 5, no. 3, January 1963. p. 61.
  • Eleanor Sims. Ibrahim-Sultan's Illustrated Zafar-nameh. New York. pp. 176, 178, pl. 9.
  • Sophie Curtil. L'Art par 1001 Mains. Milan and Paris. .
  • I.N. Khan Arshi. Black Taj Mahal: The Emperor's Missing Tomb. New Delhi. .
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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