Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Luhrasp enthroned, left-hand half of a double-page; verso: text: Gushtasp angered at Luhrasp

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Detached bifolio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: illustration and text, left-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, detached from the facing folio (S1986.192.1), Luhrasp enthroned; verso: text, Gushtasp angered at Luhrasp, heading in white outlined in black, four columns, twenty-five lines of text; one of a group of twenty-seven folios.
Border: The recto is set in an illuminated border; the verso is set in gold, brown and black rulings on a cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
circa 1590-1600
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 32.3 x 18.9 cm (12 11/16 x 7 7/16 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
S1986.192.2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
epic, Gushtasp, Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, king, Luhrasp, music, Shahnama, throne, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1910
Reza Khan Monif, Paris, France. [1]

From 1910 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Reza Khan Monif, Paris, France on August 9, 1910. [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, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 405. See also 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, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 230.

[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)

Reiza Khan Monif
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached bifolio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text, left-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, detached from the facing folio (S1986.192.1), Luhrasp enthroned; verso: text, Gushtasp angered at Luhrasp, heading in white outlined in black, four columns, twenty-five lines of text; one of a group of twenty-seven folios.
Border: The recto is set in an illuminated border; the verso is set in gold, brown and black rulings on a 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. 141, p. 118.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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