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Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d. 1020); recto: Rustam lifts Afrasiyab from the saddle; verso: text: Pishang's letter to Kay Qubad and his plea for reconciliation

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Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 8.6 x 17.1 cm (3 3/8 x 6 3/4 in)
Shiraz, Iran
February 1341 (Ramadan 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; recto: illustration and text, Rustam lifts Afrasiyab from the saddle, 6 columns, and 30 lines; verso: text, Pishang's letter to Kay Qubad and his plea for reconciliation, 6 columns, 30 lines; one of a group of 7 folios. Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa'l-Din.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and red rulings on cream-colored paper.
To 1952
Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., New York to 1952 [1]
From 1952
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc. in 1952 [2]
[1] See Freer Gallery or Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.
[2] See note 1.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
Near Eastern Art (January 1, 1963 to August 18, 1967)
Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 6 and 7 (February 25, 1956 to April 10, 1962)
Previous custodian or owner:
Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc.
Shahnama  Search this
Rustam  Search this
Afrasiyab  Search this
naskh script  Search this
Mongol period (1220 - 1380)  Search this
Iran  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
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Kay Qubad  Search this
Inju dynasty (1335 - 1357)  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery