Habib al-siyar (Beloved of virtues) by Muhammad Khwandamir (died ca. 1533-37)

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Manuscript; Habib al-siyar (Beloved of virtues) by Khwandamir; Persian in black, red, and gold nasta’liq script, headings in white; 247 folios with 2 double-page illuminations ( fols. 1verso-2recto, and 149verso-150recto), 2 sarlawhs (1verso and149 verso), 3 paintings (15recto, 35recto, 203recto), and 5 folios of gold landscape and animal motifs (1recto, 15verso, 35verso, 149recto, and 203verso), and 2 seals (1recto, 148verso); standard page: 20 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in nineteenth-century red leather over paper pasteboards with inlaid medallions signed by Mulla Kabuli Munajjid and dated 1819-20 (1235 A.H.). The doublures are of gilt block-stamped over a blue colored paper ground.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca.1590-1600
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 41.3 x 26.6 cm (16 1/4 x 10 1/2 in)
Geography
Iran, Qazvin
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.57
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, nasta'liq script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1931
Octave Homberg, Paris, from at least 1931 [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [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] The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Octave Homberg by at least 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 Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 187-189, no. 210.

[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

Description

Manuscript; Habib al-siyar (Beloved of virtues) by Khwandamir; Persian in black, red, and gold nasta'liq script, headings in white; 247 folios with 2 double-page illuminations ( fols. 1verso-2recto, and 149verso-150recto), 2 sarlawhs (1verso and149 verso), 3 paintings (15recto, 35recto, 203recto), and 5 folios of gold landscape and animal motifs (1recto, 15verso, 35verso, 149recto, and 203verso), and 2 seals (1recto, 148verso); standard page: 20 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in nineteenth-century red leather over paper pasteboards with inlaid medallions signed by Mulla Kabuli Munajjid and dated 1819-20 (1235 A.H.). The doublures are of gilt block-stamped over a blue colored paper ground.

Inscription(s)

Book cover: The work of Mulla Kabuli Munajjid, the binder [A. H.] 1235 [A.D. 1819-20]; seals; (fol. 1recto, oval) Shahsavar [A.H.] 1267 [A.D. 1850-51]; (oval) The veil was uncovered from truth for Yusuf by God; [truth]. In this way Ahmad [Muhammad] was given to us by the creator.

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. 210, pp. 187-189.
  • Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. p. 53, fig. 22.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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