Jamshid u Khurshid by Salman Savaji (d.1357)

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Manuscript; Jamshid u Khursid by Salman Savaji; Persian in black nasta’liq script with illuminated headings in white; 115 folios with 1 illuminated medallion (folio 1recto), 1 unwan (folio 1verso), 5 paintings (6verso, 33recto, 60verso, 83recto and 107verso), and 1 dated colophon (folio 115recto); standard page: 2 columns, 14 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in contemporary leather over paper pasteboards with gilt block-stamped designs on exterior covers, and doublures of block-stamped and leather filigree over a green and brown colored paper ground.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, Possibly ca. 1600
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 24.2 x 15.6 cm (9 1/2 x 6 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
S1986.53
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, Jamshid, Khurshid, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To at least 1931
Octave Homberg, Paris, France. [1]

1931
Sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Collection de Octave Homberg, 3-5 June, 1931, no. 89. [2]

To 1935
Emile Tabbagh, Paris, France. [3]

1935
Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Collection de Monsieur Emile Tabbagh, May 20-21, 1935, no. 135. [4]

From 1935 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased at the Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Collection de Monsieur Emile Tabbagh, May 21, 1935. [5]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [6]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [7]

Notes:

[1] The object was in the collection of Octave Homberg until June 1931. 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. See also auction catalogue from Galerie Georges Petit, Catalogue des tableaux anciens, objets d'art et de haute curiosité européens et orientaux, objets d'extrême-Orient, meubles et sièges, sculptures et bronzes du XVIIIe siècle, composant la collection de Octave Homberg, no. 89, p. 47, pl. XLII.

[3] The object was in the collection of Emile Tabbagh of New York and Paris, France by 1935 when it was published in the auction catalogue, Collection de M. Emile Tabbagh: Art Oriental. Paris, May 20-21, 1935. 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.

[4] See note 3.

[5] See note 3. See also Glenn D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 35.

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

[7] See note 6.

Previous Owner(s)

Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Galerie Georges Petit 1846 - 1933
Octave Homberg
Emile Tabbagh
Hotel Drouot

Description

Manuscript; Jamshid u Khursid by Salman Savaji; Persian in black nasta'liq script with illuminated headings in white; 115 folios with 1 illuminated medallion (folio 1recto), 1 unwan (folio 1verso), 5 paintings (6verso, 33recto, 60verso, 83recto and 107verso), and 1 dated colophon (folio 115recto); standard page: 2 columns, 14 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in contemporary leather over paper pasteboards with gilt block-stamped designs on exterior covers, and doublures of block-stamped and leather filigree over a green and brown colored paper ground.

Inscription(s)

Fol. 1 recto: The soul, through the minds of narrators, perfumes the tales of prophets and apostles, and thanks be that sweet-scented opening chapters[?], through the eyes of storytellers, illluminate the reports of the saints. He is worthy of the court of creativity and form giving who scribes the marvelous form of humanity with the pen of his omnipotence in the most beautiful fashion upon the tablet of existence, for [it is written]: "It is he who shapes you in [the most beautiful form]."

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. 283, pp. 249-251.
  • Homberg. to be determined. cat. 89, p. 47, pl. XLII.
  • Tabbagh Frères. to be determined. cat. 135, p. 21.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum