Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: illuminated page of text, Baysunghuri preface; verso: twenty-five lines of prose from the Baysunghuri preface

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian with a few Arabic lines in black nasta’liq script; recto: illuminated page, Baysunghuri preface, one column, twenty-five lines; verso: text, one column, twenty five lines of prose; one of a group of twenty-six folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, red and purple rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1590-1600
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 32.1 x 19.8 cm (12 5/8 x 7 13/16 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
S1986.389
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, preface, 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 the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian with a few Arabic lines in black nasta'liq script; recto: illuminated page, Baysunghuri preface, one column, twenty-five lines; verso: text, one column, twenty five lines of prose; one of a group of twenty-six folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, red and purple 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. 126, p. 113.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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