Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Bijan slays Nastihan; verso: text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black and red naskh script; recto: illustration and text: Bijan slays Nastihan; verso: text, Hajir takes Gudarz’s letter to Shah Kay Khusraw, six columns, thirty lines; one of a group of twelve folios. Patron: Qiwan al-Dawla wa’l-Din.
Border: The text is set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Hasan b. Muhammad b. Ali b. Husayni (Mawsili)
Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa'l-Din
Historical period(s)
Inju dynasty, Mongol period, February 1341 (Ramadan 741 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 36.1 x 29.1 cm (14 3/16 x 11 7/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.119
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
battle, Bijan, death, epic, Gudarz, Henri Vever collection, Inju dynasty (1335 - 1357), Iran, Kay Khusraw, Mongol period (1220 - 1380), naskh script, Nastihan, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris, France. [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [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, 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
Charles Vignier 1863 - 1934

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black and red naskh script; recto: illustration and text: Bijan slays Nastihan; verso: text, Hajir takes Gudarz's letter to Shah Kay Khusraw, six columns, thirty lines; one of a group of twelve folios. Patron: Qiwan al-Dawla wa'l-Din.
Border: The text is set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 79, p. 71.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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