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Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Enthronement of Shah Zav; recto: unrelated text

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Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 59.1 x 40 cm (23 1/4 x 15 3/4 in)
Tabriz, Iran
ca. 1330-1340
Il-Khanid dynasty
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script, heading in gold naskh outlined in black; recto: unrelated text, six columns, 31 lines; verso: illustration and text, The enthronement of Shah Zav, six columns, 12 lines; one of a group of 16 folios (F1923.5, F1930.78, F1930.79, F1935.23, F1935.24, F1938.3, F1942.2, S1986.100, S1986.101, S1986.102, S1986.103, S1986.104, S1986.105.1, S1986.105.2, S1986.106, S1986.107).
Border: The recto and verso are set in gold, black and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.
Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, France. [1]
To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [2]
From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]
From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]
[1] See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 402.
[2] See note 1.
[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
[4] See note 3.
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Exhibition History:
The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (November 5, 2002 to July 27, 2003)
The Power of the Pen: Islamic Calligraphy in the 14th Century (September 24, 1995 to May 27, 1996)
A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
Previous custodian or owner:
Henri Vever (1854-1942)
Georges Demotte (1877-1923)
Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
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Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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