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Ibrahim Khalil  Search this
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 26.4 x 16.8 cm (10 3/8 x 6 5/8 in)
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
1523 (929 A.H.)
Uzbek period, Shaybanid dynasty
Detached folio from a bound copy of Mihr-u Mushtari (the Sun and Jupiter) by Assar; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: Shamsa with inscription; verso: sarlawh, 2 columns, 8 lines; one of a group of 6: the manuscript (F1932.3a-b) and 5 detached folios are accessioned separately.
Border: The text and the sarlawh are set in gold and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.
Shamsa," made for the library of the exalted ruler Abu l-Ghazi Sultan Abd al Aziz Bahadur."
Before 1914-??
Victor Goloubew (1878-1945), method of acquisition unknown [1]
About 1914-1932
Ownership information unknown [2]
?-to at least 1932?
H. Kevorkian, New York, method of acquisition unknown [3]?
From 1932?
The Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kevorkian, New York [4]?
[1] See Philipp Walter Schulz, “Die Persich-islamische Miniaturmalerei” v.2 [book] (Leipzig: Verlag von Karl W. Hiersemann, 1914), pl. 118a. Schulz attributes the folio to the collection of Victor de Goloubew.
Victor Goloubew was a Russian aristocrat who collected Persian, South-Asian, and European art. An archaeologist and engineer, he was among the first to use aerial photography to study Angkor Wat in Cambodia. He moved to Paris in 1904, and after losing his property in the Russian revolution he sold most of his collections. ??
[2] See Laurence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson and Basil Grey, “Persian Miniature Painting: Including a Critical Descriptive catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March, 1931” [book] (London: Oxford University Press, 1933), p. 123, no.106, pls. LXXIX-LXXX. Entry states: “Four full-page miniatures. Lacquer binding. Lent by Kalebdjian [sic.], Paris”. Kalebjian Frères was an antiquities gallery in Paris operated by brothers Hagop and Garbis (1885-1954). They also maintained business in Cairo. See also note in TMS: the folio is part of a set (F1932.2a-b – F1932.8) and is the frontispiece of Ms. F1937.3a-b; an archived note in TMS for ms. F1932.3a-b states: The book was unbound March 23, 1932, at the Freer Gallery.
[3] Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), was a dealer and collector of Islamic and Persian works with eponymous galleries in New York and Paris. See March 17, 1932, letter to J.E. Lodge, copy in object file; see also note 3.?
[4] See H. Kevorkian invoice to Freer Gallery of Art, February 2, 1932, and marked approved on February 2, 1932.??
Research Completed December 15, 2022
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Islamic Manuscript Illumination (January 23, 1984 to December 10, 1984)
Previous custodian or owner:
Victor Goloubew (1878-1945)
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962)
Uzbek period (1500 - 1598)  Search this
nasta'liq script  Search this
illumination  Search this
Uzbekistan  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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