Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); recto: Iskandar in the enchanted garden; verso: text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Iqbalnama from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: illustration and text: Iskandar in the enchanted garden; verso: text, four columns, twenty-four lines; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The text is set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper; the painting is placed over the text panel on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1560
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 29.3 x 17.3 cm (11 9/16 x 6 13/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Astarabad
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.284
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript, Painting
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Alexander, garden, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Khamsa, peacock, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1913
Claude Anet (Jean Schopfer) (1868-1931), Paris, from at least 1913 [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [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] The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Claude Anet by at least January 18, 1913. 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. 408.

[2] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 226-227, no. 256.

[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

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Iqbalnama from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text: Iskandar in the enchanted garden; verso: text, four columns, twenty-four lines; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The text is set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper; the painting is placed over the text panel 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. 256, pp. 226-227.
  • p. 19, fig. 1-3.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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