- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Illuminated title page: opening verses of the Shahnama, folio from a manuscript of the Shanama by Firdawsi
- Work Type
- manuscript folio
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Shiraz
- Safavid period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Ink and gold on paper
- 37 x 23.5 cm (14 9/16 x 9 1/4 in.)
- [Christies, London, 17 October 1995, lot no. 79]. [Mansour Gallery, London, before 1998], sold; to Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood, Belmont, MA (by 1998-2002), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2002.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- The verso of this folio features a richly illuminated taj, or crown-like element, at the top and a cartouche below it that contains the title of the work, inscribed in white: “Book of the Shahnama.” The text, with the beginning of Firdawsi’s prologue to the epic, is written in black nasta'liq in “cloud” reserves against a gold background filled with tiny flowers.
Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
Illuminated title page: opening verses of the Shāhnāma
recto: text and illuminated panels
verso: illuminated titles and text
Folio: 37 × 23.5 cm (14 9/16 × 9 1/4 in.)
The verso of this folio features a richly illuminated tāj, or crown-like element, at the top and a cartouche below it that contains the title of the work, inscribed in white: “Book of the Shāhnāma.” The text, with the beginning of Firdawsi’s prologue to the epic, is written in black nastaʿ līq in “cloud” reserves against a gold background filled with tiny flowers. The illumination style on this page echoes that of the introductory folio (cat. 73).
Mika M. Natif
- Publication History
Mary McWilliams, ed., In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2013), pp. 76-77, ill.; pp. 83-84, ill.; pp. 166-167, ill.; p. 224, cat. 75, ill.
- Exhibition History
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