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Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d. 1020); recto: Bahram Gur learns of his father’s death; verso: The Persians write to Manzer, Bahram Gur travels to Jahrom and talks to Persians

Catalog Data

Medium:
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (overall): 25.2 x 18.6 cm (9 15/16 x 7 5/16 in)
Type:
Manuscript
Origin:
Iran
Date:
1300-1350
Period:
Il-Khanid dynasty
Description:
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: text: Bahram Gur learns of his father’s death, 6 columns, 30 lines of text; verso: text: The Persians write to Manzer, Bahram Gur travels to Jahrom and talks to Persians; 6 columns, 30 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.
Provenance:
To 1945
H. Kahn Monif (died 1968), Persian Antique Gallery, New York, NY, to 1945 [1]
From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kahn Monif in 1945
Notes:
[1] Undated folder sheet note. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.
Collection:
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
H. Kahn Monif (died 1968)
Topic:
Shahnama  Search this
death  Search this
Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353)  Search this
Iran  Search this
Bahram Gur  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
epic  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1945.22.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye30839c0c6-073f-4e97-a5d2-1ca1536fc13d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1945.22.2