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Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Iskandar encounters the Angel Israfel; verso: text: Iskandar crosses the Land of Darkness, removes the ruby; Iskandar constructs a wall to defeat Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog)

Catalog Data

Calligrapher:
Muhammad al-Qiwam al-Katib al-Shirazi (ca. 1537-1585)  Search this
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 45.2 x 30.2 cm (17 13/16 x 11 7/8 in)
Type:
Manuscript
Painting
Origin:
Probably Turkey
Date:
1562-1583
Previous custodian or owner:
Léonce Rosenberg (1879 - 1947)
Henri Vever (1854 - 1942)
Francois Mautin (French, born 1907)
Provenance:
Léonce Rosenberg (1879-1947), Paris [1]
To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [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]
Notes:
[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. 407.
[2] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 110, no. 118.
[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.
Topic:
Shahnama  Search this
angel  Search this
Alexander  Search this
Turkey  Search this
Iran  Search this
Elias  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Henri Vever collection  Search this
Khizr  Search this
Israfel  Search this
Water of Life  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
S1986.256
Restrictions & Rights:
Copyright with museum
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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
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S1986.256