Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: The Murder of Siyavush before Afrasiyab; recto: text, Siyavush is killed by Gorvizereh

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: text: Siyavush is killed by Gorvizara, four columns, eighteen lines of text; verso: illustration and text: Siyavush before Afrasiyab; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, red, and green rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1590-1600
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 33 x 22 cm (13 x 8 11/16 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
S1986.321
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, death, Gorvizara, Henri Vever collection, Iran, murder, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shahnama, Siyavush, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
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; Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text: Siyavush is killed by Gorvizara, four columns, eighteen lines of text; verso: illustration and text: Siyavush before Afrasiyab; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The painting and the text are set in gold, red, and green rulings 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. 149, p. 122.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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