Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: The beginning of the Shahnama of Hakim Firdawsi; verso: last section of Baysunghuri preface

citation

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black and white nasta’liq script; recto: last section of Baysunghuri preface, one column, nineteen lines of text, ; verso: Sarlawh, text, the beginning of the Shahnama of Hakim Firdawsi, headings in white, four columns, twenty lines of text.
Border: The text is set in gold, blue and red rulings on cream-colored paper; the sarlawh is set in gold, blue and red rulings; margins are decorated with landscape and animal motifs.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1590-1600
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 32.1 x 20.6 cm (12 5/8 x 8 1/8 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
S1986.388
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
bird, deer, epic, Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, nasta'liq script, 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; text: Persian in black and white nasta'liq script; recto: last section of Baysunghuri preface, one column, nineteen lines of text, ; verso: Sarlawh, text, the beginning of the Shahnama of Hakim Firdawsi, headings in white, four columns, twenty lines of text.
Border: The text is set in gold, blue and red rulings on cream-colored paper; the sarlawh is set in gold, blue and red rulings; margins are decorated with landscape and animal motifs.

Inscription(s)

Recto: marginal information in another hand about endowment of the book.

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. 127, p. 113.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum