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Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); verso: illustration: The Prophet's night journey (Mi’raj); recto: text

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Murshid al-Shirazi  Search this
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 31.1 x 19.7 cm (12 1/4 x 7 3/4 in)
Shiraz, Fars, Iran
1548 (955 A.H.)
Safavid period
Folio from the Iskandarnama in the Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text: 4 columns, 17 lines; verso: illustration: The Prophet’s night journey (Mi’raj); from the manuscript F1908.199.
Binding: The folio is bound with the rest of the manuscript in brown leather over paper pasteboards with doublures of cream-colored paper.
To 1908
Tabbagh Frères, Paris, to 1908 [1]
From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tabbagh Frères, Paris, through the Bauer-Folsom Company, New York, in 1908 [2]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
[1] 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.
[2] See note 1.
[3] 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
Exhibition History:
Near Eastern Ceramics (June 24, 1982 to September 23, 1982)
Near Eastern Ceramics (May 14, 1981 to May 10, 1985)
Art of the Court of Shah Tahmasp (December 16, 1979 to August 14, 1980)
Ceramics from the World of Islam (January 16, 1974 to July 1, 1974)
Near Eastern Art—Paintings, Pottery (August 18, 1967 to February 10, 1972)
Near Eastern Art (June 5, 1964 to August 18, 1967)
Persian Art (January 1, 1963 to September 3, 1963)
Special Exhibition Afghanistan (September 3, 1963 to June 5, 1964)
Special Exhibition (February 9, 1954 to April 20, 1954)
Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Arts, 1947 (October 6, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Paintings (May 1, 1945 to September 25, 1947)
Previous custodian or owner:
Tabbagh Frères (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
night  Search this
Muhammad  Search this
Safavid period (1501 - 1722)  Search this
angel  Search this
nasta'liq script  Search this
travel  Search this
Iran  Search this
The Night Journey  Search this
Buraq  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery