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Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; recto: Kay Khusraw prepares to behead Afrasiyab; verso: text

Catalog Data

Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 32.4 x 20.9 cm (12 3/4 x 8 1/4 in)
Type:
Manuscript
Origin:
Iran
Date:
circa 1590-1600
Period:
Safavid period
Description:
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: Kay Khusraw prepares to Behead Afrasiyab; verso: text, four columns, 25 lines; one of a group of 26 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, red and blue rulings on paper with landscape and animal motifs.
Provenance:
To 1910
Reza Khan Monif, Paris, France. [1]
From 1910 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Reza Khan Monif, Paris, France on October 14, 1910. [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. See also Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 230.
[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.
Collection:
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
Henri Vever (1854-1942)
Reiza Khan Monif
Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
Topic:
fish  Search this
Shahnama  Search this
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Safavid period (1501 - 1722)  Search this
Afrasiyab  Search this
Iran  Search this
murder  Search this
Kay Khusraw  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Henri Vever collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
S1986.269
Restrictions & Rights:
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye385e45ff6-8d0e-429e-a832-1f81132c033d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S1986.269