Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); recto: Layla and Majnun at school; verso: text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Layla and Majnun from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; recto: Layla and Majnun at school, inscription in Persian black nasta’liq; verso: illumination; one of a group of three folios.
Border: The recto is set in gold, red and black rulings with illumination at the top and bottom; the verso is set in gold, red and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1600-1610
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 26.3 x 15.3 cm (10 3/8 x 6 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.286
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, Khamsa, Layla, Majnun, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), school, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1911
Reza Khan Monif, from at least 1911 [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 Reza Khan Monif by at least November 7, 1911. 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, DC: 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, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 234, no. 270.

[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)

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

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Layla and Majnun from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; recto: Layla and Majnun at school, inscription in Persian black nasta'liq; verso: illumination; one of a group of three folios.
Border: The recto is set in gold, red and black rulings with illumination at the top and bottom; the verso is set in gold, red and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

On the tablet on bookstand, "say: he is God, the one! God, the eternally besought of all; he begetteth not, nor was he begotten; and there is none comparable to him" [partly legible verse from Sura al-Ikhlas (the Sincerity), sura 112:1-4].
On the book held by Majnun: “by copying Layla's name, I calm my mind."

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. 270, p. 234.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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