Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Ardashir with his wife, who throws down the cup of poison; verso: unrelated text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script, heading in gold naskh outlined in black; recto: Ardashir with his wife, who throws down the cup of poison, six columns, 13 lines; verso: unrelated text, six columns, 31 lines; both the recto and verso contain unrelated text from the story of Siyavush. One of a series: F1923.5, F1930.78, F1935.23, F1935.24, F1938.3, F1942.2, F1930.79, S1986.100a-b, S1986.101a-b, S1986.102a-d, S1986.103a-b, S1986.104a-b, S1986.105.1a-b, S1986.105.2a-b, S1986.106a-b and S1986.107a-b.

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, Mongol period, ca. 1330-1340
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 59.1 x 39.9 cm (23 1/4 x 15 11/16 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
S1986.106
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Ardashir, Ardashir, Henri Vever collection, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), naskh script, Shahnama, 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 December 12, 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 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, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 235. See also Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 402.

[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)

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

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script, heading in gold naskh outlined in black; recto: Ardashir with his wife, who throws down the cup of poison, six columns, 13 lines; verso: unrelated text, six columns, 31 lines; both the recto and verso contain unrelated text from the story of Siyavush. One of a series: F1923.5, F1930.78, F1935.23, F1935.24, F1938.3, F1942.2, F1930.79, S1986.100a-b, S1986.101a-b, S1986.102a-d, S1986.103a-b, S1986.104a-b, S1986.105.1a-b, S1986.105.2a-b, S1986.106a-b and S1986.107a-b.

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Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
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