First volume of a Tarikhnama (Book of history) by Bal’ami (died ca. 992-997)

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Manuscript; Tarikhnama (Book of history) by Bal’ami, volume I; Persian in black naskh script; headings in red; 193 folios and 3 end leaf with 1 unwan (folio 1verso), 30 paintings (1 recto, 14 verso, 37 verso, 42 verso, 47 verso, 54 verso, 62 verso, 68 verso, 75 verso, 79 verso, 83 verso, 90 verso, 107 recto, 110 recto, 116 recto, 117 verso, 118 verso, 126 recto, 129 recto, 131 recto, 132 verso, 134 recto, 138 recto, 146 verso, 157 verso, 179 verso, 182 recto, 184 recto, 192 verso), 2 stamps (fols. 2 recto, 193 verso), 4 inscriptions (fols. 125 recto, 155 recto, 156 recto, 157 recto); one of a group of 3: volume II, folios 79, and 84, bound within volume II, are accessioned separately as (F1947.19, F1930.21); standard page: 33 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript, which was bound in worn lacquer and cardboard cover, is now bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards.

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Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, Mongol period, early 14th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 42.2 x 28.7 cm (16 5/8 x 11 5/16 in)
Geography
Probably Iraq
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1957.16
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Aaron, Abraham, Alexander, angel, Bahram Chubina, Bahram Gur, Balami, battle, Bilqis, Caliph Abu-Bakr, Caliph Ali, Dara, David, demon, dragon, giant, Goliath, history, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), illustrated, Iran, Iraq, Jonah, Joseph, Ka'ba, Kay Khusraw, Khusraw Parviz, Manuchihr, Moses, Muhammad, naskh script, Nushirvan, prophet, snake, Solomon, Tarikhnama, temple, whale, WWII-era provenance, Yusuf, Zulaykha
Provenance

To 1957
K. Rabenou, New York, New York. [1]

From 1957
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from K. Rabenou, New York, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

K. Rabenou

Description

Manuscript; Tarikhnama (Book of history) by Bal'ami, volume I; Persian in black naskh script; headings in red; 193 folios and 3 end leaf with 1 unwan (folio 1verso), 30 paintings (1 recto, 14 verso, 37 verso, 42 verso, 47 verso, 54 verso, 62 verso, 68 verso, 75 verso, 79 verso, 83 verso, 90 verso, 107 recto, 110 recto, 116 recto, 117 verso, 118 verso, 126 recto, 129 recto, 131 recto, 132 verso, 134 recto, 138 recto, 146 verso, 157 verso, 179 verso, 182 recto, 184 recto, 192 verso), 2 stamps (fols. 2 recto, 193 verso), 4 inscriptions (fols. 125 recto, 155 recto, 156 recto, 157 recto); one of a group of 3: volume II, folios 79, and 84, bound within volume II, are accessioned separately as (F1947.19, F1930.21); standard page: 33 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript, which was bound in worn lacquer and cardboard cover, is now bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards.

Inscription(s)

Folio 125 recto:
"As the Prophet Muhammad, may God send greetings to him and his family, mentioned about Nushirwan's righteousness: va luddat fe [? zan] al-mulk al-adel."

Folio 155 verso:
"In the name of God, As the master of poets Nizami Ganji noted in his book "Khamsa": A patricide is not worthy of kingship thus, [?] is not becoming."

Folio 156 verso:
"In the name of God, In a dynasty that a rooster utter a cry like a fowl there is no glory."

Folio 157 verso:
Genealogy of the Prophet Muhammad.

Published References
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Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
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Rights Statement

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