Silsilat al-dhahab (Chain of gold) by Jami (d. 1492); Imam Zayn al-Abidin visits the Ke’ba

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Manuscript; Silsilat al-dhahab (Chain of gold) by Jami; Persian in black nasta’liq script; headings in gold; 146 folios with 1 sarlawh (folio 1verso), 2 unwans (fols. 85verso, 121verso), and 4 paintings (fols. 66recto, 84recto, 102verso, 139recto); inscriptions (flyleaf, fols. 68recto, 82recto, 85recto, 105verso, 119recto, 121recto, 128verso, 146recto); standard page: 2 columns, 11 lines of text; one of a group of 2: cover of the manuscript accessioned as S.1986.44.2.
Binding: The manuscript was in a lacquer-painted binding, the binding has been removed, the manuscript is now bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards stamped with the name of Vever.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Abd al-Ghani al-Hanafi Ibrahim al-Astarabadi
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1549-50 (956 A.H.)
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 25.6 x 16.7 cm (10 1/16 x 6 9/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Tabriz?
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.44.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, Islam, Ka'ba, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Octave Homberg, Paris, France. [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]

Notes:

[1] See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 400.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Octave Homberg

Description

Manuscript; Silsilat al-dhahab (Chain of gold) by Jami; Persian in black nasta'liq script; headings in gold; 146 folios with 1 sarlawh (folio 1verso), 2 unwans (fols. 85verso, 121verso), and 4 paintings (fols. 66recto, 84recto, 102verso, 139recto); inscriptions (flyleaf, fols. 68recto, 82recto, 85recto, 105verso, 119recto, 121recto, 128verso, 146recto); standard page: 2 columns, 11 lines of text; one of a group of 2: cover of the manuscript accessioned as S.1986.44.2.
Binding: The manuscript was in a lacquer-painted binding, the binding has been removed, the manuscript is now bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards stamped with the name of Vever.

Inscription(s)

Flyleaf: "the book of Silsilat al-dhahab of Mulana Jami."
Fol. 68 recto: "corrected from the copy not available to the Shi'a. Abd al-Ghani al-Hanafi al-Sunni [A. H.] 1285 [A.D. 1868-69]."
Fol. 82 recto: "written by Abd al-Ghani, the grammarian [A. H.] 1285 [A.D. 1868-69]."
Fol. 85 recto: "the writer recommends to place a number of articles such as pearls, pepper, carnations, white rock candy and agates together within a piece of cloth and adding the given prayer, a talisman would be ready. Whoever recites the prayer will have the object of his desire fall in love with him immediately."
Fol. 105 verso: "written by Abd al-Ghani."
Folio. 119 recto: "corrected by the servant of science Abd al-Ghani al-Zalum b. al-Hajj Muhammad Efendi al-Naqshbandi, the grammarian, for the sake of the owner of the book. God has knowledge. Glory is to him. From the book untouched by the Shi'ite [A. H.] 1285 [A.D. 1868-69]."
Fol. 121 recto: "On Monday the 4th of the month of Jumada I, someone [?] was enthroned with good wishes. Written in the month of Jumada II in the Year [A.H.] 1038 [A.D. 1628-29]."
Fol. 128 verso: "corrected by Abd al-Ghani for the sake of a prayer from the owner of the book as a refutation to the libertines, those who corrupted the text of the word of God. We are from God, and unto Him we shall return. O God, take vengeance upon them. Amen. [A. H.] 1285 [A.D. 1868-69]."
Fol. 146 recto: "this book was finished by the hand of the poor Isma'il b. Ibrahim al-Astarabadi. May God forgive the two of them; in the year [A.H.] 956 [A.D. 1549-50]."

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. 177, pp. 148-149.
  • Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 34, pp. 130-131.
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson with contributions by Dr. Massumeh Farhad. Sultan Ibrahim Mirza's Haft Awrang: A Princely Manuscript from Sixteenth-Century Iran. Washington and New Haven. p. 369.
  • Abolala Soudavar Milo Cleveland Beach. Art of the Persian Court: Selections from the Art and History Trust Collection. New York. cat. 110, p. 201.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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