Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: The Combat between Kay Khosrow and Afrasiyab and Afrasiyab’s retreat; verso: text from the story of Kay Khusraw

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: The Combat between Kay Khosrow and Afrasiyab and Afrasiyab’s retreat, four columns, twenty-three lines, heading in black; verso: text from the story of Kay Khusraw, four columns, twenty lines.
Border: The text is set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, probably 16th century
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 34.4 x 24.1 cm (13 9/16 x 9 1/2 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
S1986.382
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Kay Khusraw, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Shahnama, 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 Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: The Combat between Kay Khosrow and Afrasiyab and Afrasiyab's retreat, four columns, twenty-three lines, heading in black; verso: text from the story of Kay Khusraw, four columns, twenty lines.
Border: The text is set in gold 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. 111, p. 95.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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