Folio from aShahnama(Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Bijan hunts boars; recto: text, Bijan proceeds to fight the boars

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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: text: Bijan proceeds to fight the boars, heading in gold, four column, eighteen lines; verso: illustration and text: Bijan hunts boars.
Border: The text is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper; the painting has occupied the full width of the ruled surface.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1600
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 25.7 x 17.3 cm (10 1/8 x 6 13/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Isfahan?
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.288
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Bijan, boar, epic, Henri Vever collection, hunting, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Unidentified sale, no. 280. [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [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. 408.

[2] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

[4] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text: Bijan proceeds to fight the boars, heading in gold, four column, eighteen lines; verso: illustration and text: Bijan hunts boars.
Border: The text is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper; the painting has occupied the full width of the ruled surface.

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. 151, pp. 122-123.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum