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Folio from a Makhzan al-asrar (Treasury of secrets) by Nizami (d.1209); verso: Jesus and the dead dog; recto: text: The tenth article

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Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W: 24.8 x 17.1 cm (9 3/4 x 6 3/4 in)
early 17th century?
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script, recto: text, The tenth article, four columns, twenty-four lines; verso: illustration and text, Jesus and the dead dog; one of a group of two folios.
Border: recto: the text is set in gold, blue and red rulings on cream-colored paper; verso: the painting is set in gold, black and blue rulings on a paper with colored, floral motifs.
Stamps: 103 (ink)
Unidentified sale, 1930, no. 103. [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. 404.
[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
Previous custodian or owner:
Henri Vever (1854-1942)
Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
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Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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