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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.50.138
Title
Colophon (text, recto), folio from a manuscript of the Shahnama by Firdawsi
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript folio
Date
1562
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Shiraz
Period
Safavid period
Culture
Persian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/146826
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
36.9 x 23.9 cm (14 1/2 x 9 7/16 in.)
Provenance
[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
2002
Object Number
2002.50.138
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The colophon, written in the tapering area at the bottom of the page, reads, “The end of the book, with the aid of God and divine blessings. Prayers and praise upon Muhammad, Seal of the Prophets, and [upon God] of the pious and the chaste. With continuous and eternal prayers of submission to the Greatest of Greats, on the [?] day of the month of Ramadan the blessed in the year 969, by the effort of Muhammad al-Qivam al-Katib al-Shirazi, may God forgive him. May you [God] forgive any offenses and hide any errors. So be it, O Lord!”

There is no text on the verso of this folio.

Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
93

Text folio, with colophon of the manuscript
Recto: text
Verso: blank
36.9 × 23.9 cm (14 1/2 × 9 7/16 in.)
2002.50.138

The colophon, written in the tapering area at the bottom of the page, reads, “The end of the book, with the aid of God and divine blessings. Prayers and praise upon Muhammad, Seal of the Prophets, and [upon God] of the pious and the chaste. With continuous and eternal prayers of submission to the Greatest of Greats, on the [?] day of the month of Ramadan the blessed in the year 969, by the effort of Muhammad al-Qivam al-Katib al-Shirazi, may God forgive him. May you [God] forgive any offenses and hide any errors. So be it, O Lord!”

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. 84-85, ill.; p. 235, cat. 93, ill.

Exhibition History

In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 06/01/2013

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