The Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdausi (d. 1020)
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 38.1 x 21.2 cm (15 x 8 3/8 in)
Shahnama, percussion instrument, nasta'liq script, illumination, Iran, Arts of the Islamic World, frontispiece, finispiece, colophon, sarlawh
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
early 17th century
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
To 1907 Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna (1839-1914), London, to 1907  From 1907 to 1919 Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna in 1907  From 1920 Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920  Notes:  See Original List of Persian Miniatures and Manuscripts, pg. 95, and Miscellaneous section of Inventory, S.I. 1591, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.  See note 1.  The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
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