Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Nushirvan interviews the intruder to his harem; recto: text

citation

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: text: four columns, fifteen lines; verso: right-hand half of a double-page painting separated from the facing folio (S1986.225), Nushirwan interviews the intruder to his harem; one of a group of six folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, red, and green rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca. 1600
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 34.7 x 22.2 cm (13 11/16 x 8 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
S1986.224
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
harem, Henri Vever collection, interior, Iran, Nushirvan, palace, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text: four columns, fifteen lines; verso: right-hand half of a double-page painting separated from the facing folio (S1986.225), Nushirwan interviews the intruder to his harem; one of a group of six folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, red, and green rulings on cream-colored paper.

Marking(s)

Stamps: Round/ white on back frame

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. 154, p. 123.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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