Firdawsi's "Shahnama": illuminated text page

Persian
Safavid
1562–83


Object Place: Shiraz, Iran

Dimensions

Overall: 49.3 x 33.5 cm (19 7/16 x 13 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

14.692

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Books and manuscripts

Penultimate text page from a copy of the Shahnama, with poetry and illumination by Taj al-Din Haydar in the margins. Pairs with 14.691.

Signed

Muhammad al-Qiwam of Shiraz and Taj al-Din Haydar

Provenance

By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914)

NOTES:
[1] Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund