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- Previous Owner(s)
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text, Rustam before Kay Khusraw under the jeweled tree; verso: text, four columns, twenty-three lines of text; one of a group of seven folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.
When Bizhan fails to return to Iran, Kay Khusraw summons Rustam to court and receives him under a jeweled tree. In this painting, the Persian champion is dressed in his habitual tiger skin and seated on a throne next to the king, attesting to his rank and status among the king’s subjects. This illustration is typical of the fifteenth-century metropolitan court style with its emphasis on intricate compositions and subtle color schemes.
- Published References
- The Hague. Catalogus tentoonstelling van islamische kunst. cat. 15, p. 22.
- Thomas W. Lentz. Pictures for the Islamic Book: Persian and Indian Painting in the Vever Collection. vol. 1, no. 4 New York, Fall 1988. p. 22.
- 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. 105, p. 89, 91.
- Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 18, p. 98-99.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Web Resources
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- Rights Statement
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