Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Sarlawh; recto: text

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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, four columns, twenty-five lines; verso: sarlawh, The Beginning of the Shahnama; four columns, heading in white, eighteen lines of text.
Border: The text is set in gold, red, and black rulings on cream- colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid-16th century
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 31.6 x 19.5 cm (12 7/16 x 7 11/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.352
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text, four columns, twenty-five lines; verso: sarlawh, The Beginning of the Shahnama; four columns, heading in white, eighteen lines of text.
Border: The text is set in gold, red, and black 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. 116, p. 108.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum