Folio from the Makhzan al-asrar (Treasury of Secrets) in the Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami, text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; ; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text: 4 columns, 17 lines; verso: illustration: Caliph al-Ma'mun and the barber; From the manuscript (F 1908.199); accessioned separately.
Binding: The folio is bound with the rest of the manuscript in contemporary brown leather over paper pasteboards with doublures of cream-colored paper.
Tabbagh Frères, Paris, to 1908 
From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tabbagh Frères, Paris, through the Bauer-Folsom Company, New York, in 1908 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See List of Persian Books and Paintings, S.I. 1592, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. In 1932, F1908.259-.284 were separated from F1908.199 and given their current numbers.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Persian Art (January 1, 1963 to September 3, 1963)
Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Paintings (May 1, 1945 to September 25, 1947)