Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Sindukht learns of Rudaba’s actions; verso: text: Mehrab learns of Rudaba’s feeling; altered folio recto: text: Sindukht query about Zal; verso: text

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; bifolio composed of a painting and an altered folio of text; text: Persian in black naskh script, headings in gold naskh outlined in black; recto: Sindukht learns of Rudaba’s actions, six columns, 31 lines; verso: text, Mehrab learns of Rudaba’s feelings, six columns, 31 lines; altered folio recto: text, Sindukht’s query about Zal, six columns, 31 lines; verso: text, six columns, 25 lines; one of a group of 16 folios.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, black and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, ca. 1330-1340
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 59.4 x 40.2 cm (23 3/8 x 15 13/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Tabriz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.102a-d
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached folio

Keywords
henna, Henri Vever collection, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, naskh script, Rudaba, Shahnama, Sindukht, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1913
Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, France. [1]

From 1913 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Georges Demotte, Paris, France on November 13, 1913. [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]

Notes:

[1] See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 401. See also Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 235.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Georges Demotte 1877 - 1923
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; bifolio composed of a painting and an altered folio of text; text: Persian in black naskh script, headings in gold naskh outlined in black; recto: Sindukht learns of Rudaba's actions, six columns, 31 lines; verso: text, Mehrab learns of Rudaba's feelings, six columns, 31 lines; altered folio recto: text, Sindukht's query about Zal, six columns, 31 lines; verso: text, six columns, 25 lines; one of a group of 16 folios.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, black and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
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