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Attributed to Kamal al-Din Bihzad (ca. 1467-1535)  Search this
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
H x W: 27 x 19.3 cm (10 5/8 x 7 5/8 in)
Herat, Afghanistan
Timurid period
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi; The abduction by sea, verses in Persian black nasta'liq script.
Border: The painting is set in blue and gold rulings on cream-colored paper.
From at least 1929-no later than 1937
Armenag Bey Sakisian (1875-1949), method of acquisition unknown [1]
By 1937
H. Kevorkian, New York, method of acquisition unknown [2]
From 1937
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kevorkian, New York [3]
[1] See Ernst Kühnel “History of Miniature Painting and Drawing” in “A Survey of Persian Art From Prehistoric Time to the Present”, ed. Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman [book] (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938), vol. III, p. 1864-1865; and (1939), vol. V, pl. 891a. See Laurence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson and Basil Gray, “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. 99, no. 85 [493], “Lent by Armenag Bey Sakisian, Paris”.
See also Arménag Bey Sakisian, “La Miniature Persane du XIIe au XVIIe siècle: ouvrage accompagné de la reproduction de 193 miniatures dont deux en couleurs” [book] (Paris et Bruxelles: Les Editions G. Van Ouest, 1929), fig. 108 and p. 82-83. The text credits the miniature as part of the author’s collection. Arménag Bey Sakisian was a collector, art historian, and archaeologist who lived in Paris but worked extensively in Syria and the surrounding region.
[2] Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962) was a dealer and collector of Islamic Art with eponymous galleries in New York and Paris. See note 3 for details regarding purchase invoice.
[3] The Freer Gallery of Art paid H. Kevorkian in installments, the first on April 23, 1937, and the last on June 2, 1937, and approved on June 1, 1937. See object file for copies of invoices.
Research updated December 13, 2022
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
In the Realm of Princes: The Arts of the Book in Fifteenth Century Iran and Central Asia (March 19 to August 7, 2005)
Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
From the Hand of Mani (January 18, 1985 to July 5, 1985)
Art of the Near East (August 21, 1977 to December 14, 1979)
Near Eastern Art (June 15, 1973 to May 7, 1975)
2500 Years of Persian Art—Paintings, Pottery (February 10, 1972 to June 15, 1973)
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, Persian Paintings and Ceramics (May 5, 1933 to January 9, 1945)
Previous custodian or owner:
Armenag Sakisian (1875-1949)
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962)
Timurid period (1378 - 1506)  Search this
ocean  Search this
boat  Search this
Khamsa  Search this
Khusraw  Search this
abduction  Search this
Afghanistan  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery