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Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (died 1020); recto: text and illustration: Kay Khusraw crossing the sea; verso: text

Catalog Data

Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 13.3 x 24.1 cm (5 1/4 x 9 1/2 in)
Shiraz, Iran
1341 (741 A.H.)
Mongol period, Inju dynasty
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; heading in red; recto: illustration and text: Kay Khusraw crossing the sea, 6 columns, 20 lines; verso: text: 6 columns, 30 lines; one of a group of 7 folios.
To 1919
Unknown owner, Persia, to 1919 [1]
From 1919 to 1942
Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., New York received from Persia in 1919 [2]
From 1942
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., New York, in 1942 [3]
[1] According to Curatorial Remark 3, G.D.G, 1942, in the object record: the manuscript "from which the two leaves (F1942.11, F1942.12) were taken was brought to Mr. Kelekian from Persia in 1919."
[2] See note 1. Also, see Freer Gallery or Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.
[3] See note 2.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
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, Metalwork (February 10, 1972 to June 15, 1973)
Near Eastern Art (January 1, 1963 to August 18, 1967)
Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 6 and 7 (February 25, 1956 to April 10, 1962)
Special Exhibition (February 9, 1954 to April 20, 1954)
Untitled Exhibition, Islamic Manuscripts, 1947 (October 6, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
Untitled Exhibition, Persian Manuscripts (May 5, 1933 to September 22, 1947)
Previous custodian or owner:
Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc.
Shahnama  Search this
Afrasiyab  Search this
naskh script  Search this
Mongol period (1220 - 1380)  Search this
Iran  Search this
Kay Khusraw  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Inju dynasty (1335 - 1357)  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery