Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Shahru identifies Burzu as Rustam’s grandson during the final combat between Rustam and Burzu

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Shahru identifies Burzu as Rustam’s grandson during the final combat between Rustam and Burzu; one of a group of three folios. The painting is mounted on to a board.

Historical period(s)
Delhi Sultanate period, ca.1425-1450
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 21.1 x 18 cm (8 5/16 x 7 1/16 in)
Geography
probably India
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.146
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
battle, Burzu, Delhi Sultanate (1206 - 1526), epic, Henri Vever collection, India, Rustam, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Arthur Sambon (1867-1947), Paris, France. [1]

To 1913
Léonce Rosenberg (1879-1947), Paris, France. [2]

From 1913 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Léonce Rosenberg on May 26, 1913. [3]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [4]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [5]

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. 404.

[2] See note 1.

[3] 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. 233.

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

[5] See note 4.

Previous Owner(s)

Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Léonce Rosenberg 1879 - 1947
Arthur Sambon 1867 - 1947

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Shahru identifies Burzu as Rustam's grandson during the final combat between Rustam and Burzu; one of a group of three folios. The painting is mounted on to a board.

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. 92, p. 81.
  • Gaston Migeon. MIniatures Persanes: Collections Henri Vever et Pozzi., December 6, 1930. .
  • B. W. Robinson. Fifteenth-Century Persian Painting: Problems and Issues. Hagop Kevorkian Series on Near Eastern Art and Civilization New York. pp. 64-65, fig. 19.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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