Mihras, The Envoy Of Ceasar, Offers Nushirvan The Treasure Of Rum (Text, Recto; Painting And Text, Verso), Illustrated Folio From A Manuscript Of The Shahnama Of Firdawsi.
verso © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1960.96.1
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Mihras, the Envoy of Ceasar, Offers Nushirvan the Treasure of Rum (text, recto; painting and text, verso), illustrated folio from a manuscript of the Shahnama of Firdawsi.
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Shahnama
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript folio
Date
c. 1330
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iraq, Baghdad?
Period
Ilkhanid period
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
folio: 26.1 x 9.6 cm (10 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.)
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet
Accession Year
1960
Object Number
1960.96.1
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions

Label Text: Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, written 1990
Mihras, Envoy of Caesar,
Offers Nushirvan the Treasure of Rum
From the Second Small Shahnama
(Book of Kings) of Firdawsi
Mesopotamia, Baghdad, ca. 1300
Opaque watercolor on paper
Gift of John Goelet
1960.96a and b

Label Text: Transformations: Asia East and West, written 1992
Mihras, the Envoy of Caesar, Offers Nushirvan the Treasure of Rum
Illustration from a small Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Iraq, Ilkhanid, Baghdad, ca. 1300
Opaque watercolor on paper
Gift of John Goelet
1960.96a-b

Label Text: Courts and Countryside: Islamic Paintings from the 14th through the 17th century, written 1999
Mihras, the Envoy of Caesar, Offers Nushirvan the Treasure of Rum
Folios from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi
Iran, Mongol period, early 14th century
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Gift of John Goelet
1960.96a,b

Publication History

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), page 24-25/figure 4

40 Years On... Donations by John Goelet: Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings, Miniatures and Calligraphy, Tankas and Mandala, M. T. Train / Scala Books (New York, NY, 2000), page 152, 235

Exhibition History

Arab and Persian Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/10/1981 - 03/09/1981

Islamic Art and the Written Word, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/05/1983 - 11/27/1983

Islamic Art: The Power of Pattern, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/23/1989 - 01/17/1990

Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/27/1990 - 03/25/1990

Transformations: Asia East and West, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/19/1992 - 02/14/1993

Courts and Countryside: Islamic Paintings from the 14th through the 17th century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/21/1999 - 08/22/1999

Word and Image in Persian Painting, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 03/30/2013

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted