Folio from a Falnama (Book of omens); verso: The Angel of Death (Israel) slays Shaddad; recto: text


Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Falnama (Book of omens); text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: illustration: The Angel of Death (Israel) slays Shaddad; verso: text, one column, eleven lines; one of a group of twenty folios.
Border: The painting and text have occupied the full width of the page.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid 1550s-early 1560s
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W: 59.3 x 44.8 cm (23 3/8 x 17 5/8 in)
Iran, Qazvin
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Manuscript, Painting

Detached manuscript folio

demon, Falnama, Henri Vever collection, horse, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942


Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Falnama (Book of omens); text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration: The Angel of Death (Israel) slays Shaddad; verso: text, one column, eleven lines; one of a group of twenty folios.
Border: The painting and text have occupied the full width of the page.

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Arts of the Islamic World
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