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Identification and Creation
Object Number
28.2015
Title
Illustrated Manuscript of the Gulistān (Rose Garden) by Sa`di
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript
Date
Late 19th century
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Qajar period
Culture
Persian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Colored ink, watercolor, and gold on off-white laid paper (coated and burnished), leather binding
Dimensions
22.8 x 15 cm (9 x 5 7/8 in.)
Provenance
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, Geneva, Switzerland (by 2014), by descent; to her son Abolala Soudavar, Houston, Texas (2014), loan; to Harvard Art Museums, 2015.

Note:
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar (1913-2014) formed this collection over a period of sixty years. She purchased the works of art on the international art market.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Loan from A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar
Object Number
28.2015
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The manuscript opens with a richly illuminated heading and margins. The text is copied in nasta`liq by Fathallah, also known as Jalal, for Aqa Mirza Mahdi Khan kalantar, ra’is dar of Isfahan. Most of the fourteen paintings are signed “Ibrahim” in red ink. The back of the folios with paintings are decorated with a large diamond shaped medallion in different colors.
The binding is decorated with center and corner pieces decorated with filigree leather. The horizontal pendants have the name of the poet Jami. The doublures are decorated with center pieces with pendants.
Exhibition History

Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/26/2017 - 01/07/2018

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