Folio from a Rawzat al-safa (Garden of felicity) by Mirkhwand (died 1498); recto: colophon; verso: illuminated heading, border, and text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Rawzat al-safa fi sirat al-anbiya’ wa’l-muluk wa’l-khulafa (Garden of purity on the lives of the prophets, kings, and caliphs) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: colophon page with the name of scribe and date; verso: right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, second volume (al-jild al-thani), separate from its facing folio (S1986.88.2), nineteen lines of text; one of a group of twenty-one folios.
Border: The recto is set in gold, red, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper; the frontispiece is set in gold, red, and blue rulings on an illuminated border.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Inayatullah al-katib al-Shirazi
Author: Khwandshah (Mirkhwand)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1571-1572 (979 A.H.)
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 41 x 26.3 cm (16 1/8 x 10 3/8 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.88.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, history, illumination, Iran, Islam, prophet, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), 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 a Rawzat al-safa fi sirat al-anbiya' wa'l-muluk wa'l-khulafa (Garden of purity on the lives of the prophets, kings, and caliphs) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (known as Mirkhwand); Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: colophon page with the name of scribe and date; verso: right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, second volume (al-jild al-thani), separate from its facing folio (S1986.88.2), nineteen lines of text; one of a group of twenty-one folios.
Border: The recto is set in gold, red, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper; the frontispiece is set in gold, red, and blue rulings on an illuminated border.

Inscription(s)

Colophon: "Written by the least God's creature, Inayatullah the scribe of Shiraz, in the year [A.H.] 979 [A.D. 1571-72]. May God forgive his sins and disregard his faults.

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. 228, p. 194.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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