Folio from a Rawdat al-safa by Mirkhwand (d. 1498); verso: The prophet watches Ali behead a foe; recto: illuminated text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Rawdat al-safa fi sirat al-anbiya wa ‘l-muluk wa ‘l-khulafa (Garden of Purity) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: illuminated panel of text, one column, sixteen lines; verso: The prophet watches Ali behead a foe; one of a group of twenty.
Border: The painting is set in gold, red, and blue rulings on a paper with floral motifs; the text is set in gold, red, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Inayatullah al-katib al-Shirazi
Author: Khwandshah (Mirkhwand)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1571-1572
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, gold and silver on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 41.2 x 27.4 cm (16 1/4 x 10 13/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.244
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, history, Iran, Islam, Muhammad, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), 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 a Rawdat al-safa fi sirat al-anbiya wa 'l-muluk wa 'l-khulafa (Garden of Purity) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illuminated panel of text, one column, sixteen lines; verso: The prophet watches Ali behead a foe; one of a group of twenty.
Border: The painting is set in gold, red, and blue rulings on a paper with floral motifs; the text is set in gold, red, and blue rulings on 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. 223, p. 193.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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