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recto: Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Zal climbs to reach Rudaba; verso: text: Zal consults with the priests about Rudaba verso: Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Zal climbs to reach Rudaba; verso: text: Zal consults with the priests about Rudaba

Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: Zal climbs to reach Rudaba; verso: text: Zal consults with the priests about Rudaba

Type
Detached manuscript folio
Historical period(s)
Timurid period, ca. 1440
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimension(s)
H x W: 25.6 x 17.2 cm (10 1/16 x 6 3/4 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.154
Description
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text, Zal climbs to reach Rudaba; verso: text, Zal consults with mubidan (priests) about Rudaba, six columns, twenty-five lines of text.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Rectangular panel on top, O opener of the gates; (on doorway) Power is God's.

Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Keyword(s)
epic, Henri Vever collection, Iran, lovers, Rudaba, Shahnama, Timurid period (1378 - 1506), WWII-era provenance, Zal
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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