Folio from a Falnama (Book of omens); recto: blank; verso: Angels bow before Adam and Eve in Paradise

citation

Folio from a dispersed copy of Falnama (Book of omens); text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: blank; verso: illustration: Angels bow before Adam and Eve in Paradise; one of a group of twenty folios.
Border: The painting has occupied the full width of the page.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid 1550s-early 1560s
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 59.3 x 44.5 cm (23 3/8 x 17 1/2 in)
Geography
Iran, Qazvin
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.254
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript, Painting
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Adam, angel, Eve, Falnama, Henri Vever collection, Iran, paradise, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Folio from a dispersed copy of Falnama (Book of omens); text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: blank; verso: illustration: Angels bow before Adam and Eve in Paradise; one of a group of twenty folios.
Border: The painting has occupied the full width of the page.

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Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
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Rights Statement

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