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)
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 
H. Kevorkian, New York, method of acquisition unknown 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kevorkian, New York 
 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 , “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.
 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.
 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.
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