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Folio from a Rawdat al-safa (Garden of felicity) by Mirkhwand (d. 1498); verso: illumination and text; recto: seals

Catalog Data

Author:
Khwandshah (Mirkhwand)  Search this
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (overall): 37.7 x 23.8 cm (14 13/16 x 9 3/8 in)
Type:
Manuscript
Origin:
Iran
Date:
early 17th century
Period:
Safavid period
Description:
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Rawdat al-safa fi sirat al-anbiya' wa-al -muluk wa-al-khulafa (Garden of purity on the lives of the prophets, kings, and caliphs) by Muhammad b. Khwandshah (Mirkhwand); text: Persian and Arabic in black nasta'liq script; recto: seals, inscription (flyleaf); verso: right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece now separate from its facing folio (S1986.374), headings in white, one column, eleven lines of text; one of a group of three folios.
Border: The text is set in red and blue rulings with illuminated side panels and cartouches and an illuminated outer frame on cream-colored paper.
Inscriptions:
Flyleaf recto, volumes one and two of Rawdat al-safa. The date of the month of Rabi'[?]. Intended for the library [?] passed; volumes one and two of Rawdat al-safa are five hundred and sixty-two folios; two seals: (recto, square) Abdul-Wahhab al-Musawi. Will not God defend His slave? [From Sura XXXIX: 36]; (square) [illegible].
Collection:
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Topic:
seal  Search this
Safavid period (1501 - 1722)  Search this
illumination  Search this
Iran  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
history  Search this
Henri Vever collection  Search this
Rawzat al-safa  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
S1986.373
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye3672deaf9-b786-4c92-8c7f-450b3048d6d8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S1986.373