Folio from a Makhzan al-asrar (Treasury of secrets) by Nizami (d.1209); verso: Jesus and the dead dog; recto: text: The tenth article

citation

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script, recto: text, The tenth article, four columns, twenty-four lines; verso: illustration and text, Jesus and the dead dog; one of a group of two folios.
Border: recto: the text is set in gold, blue and red rulings on cream-colored paper; verso: the painting is set in gold, black and blue rulings on a paper with colored, floral motifs.

Historical period(s)
early 17th century?
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 24.8 x 17.1 cm (9 3/4 x 6 3/4 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.166
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript, Painting
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
death, dog, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Jesus Christ, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Unidentified sale, 1930, no. 103. [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. 404.

[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

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script, recto: text, The tenth article, four columns, twenty-four lines; verso: illustration and text, Jesus and the dead dog; one of a group of two folios.
Border: recto: the text is set in gold, blue and red rulings on cream-colored paper; verso: the painting is set in gold, black and blue rulings on a paper with colored, floral motifs.

Inscription(s)

Stamps: 103 (ink)

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. 273, p. 239.
  • Barbara Schmitz. Miniature Painting in Harat, 1570-1640. 2 vols. Ann Arbor. pls. 10,15, 21-2.
  • Ivan Stchoukine. Les Peintures des Manuscrits de Shah Abbas Ier à la fin des Safavis. Institut français d'archéologie de Beyrouth Paris. p. 81.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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