Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Rustam kicks back the rock rolled on him by Bahman; verso: text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: illustration and text, Rustam kicks back the rock rolled on him by Bahman, inscription on the banner; verso: text, four columns, twenty-five lines; folio is attached to the facing folio (S 1986.263); one of a group of twenty-five folios.
Border: The painting is set in gold, red and purple rulings on paper with landscape and animal motifs; the text is set in gold, red and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca. 1590-1600
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 32.5 x 19.9 cm (12 13/16 x 7 13/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Probably Qazvin or Isfahan
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.264
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Folio

Keywords
Bahman, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Rustam, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shahnama, 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 October 14, 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, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 407. 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, D.C.: 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)

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

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text, Rustam kicks back the rock rolled on him by Bahman, inscription on the banner; verso: text, four columns, twenty-five lines; folio is attached to the facing folio (S 1986.263); one of a group of twenty-five folios.
Border: The painting is set in gold, red and purple rulings on paper with landscape and animal motifs; the text is set in gold, red and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

On banner, Help from God and present victory; [From Sura al-Saf (the Ranks), sura 61:13] .

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. 142, p. 119.
  • Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani. Le Chant du Monde: L'Art de l'Iran safavide, 1501-1736. Exh. cat. Paris. cat. 99, p. 328.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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