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Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); verso: Daughters of Barzin Dance for Bahram Gur; recto: text: Bahram Gur and Barzin Shah

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Data Source
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Previous custodian or owner
Henri Vever (1854 - 1942)
Hotel Drouot
Emile Tabbagh
Francois Mautin (French, born 1907)
Provenance
To at least 1935
Emile Tabbagh, Paris, France. [1]
1935
Sale, Paris, Ho^tel Drouot, Collection de Monsieur Emile Tabbagh, May 20-21, 1935, no. 161. [2]
From 1935 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased at the Sale, Paris, Ho^tel Drouot, Collection de Monsieur Emile Tabbagh, May 21, 1935. [3]
From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [4]
From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [5]
Notes:
[1] The object was in the collection of Emile Tabbagh of New York and Paris, France by 1935 when it was published in the auction catalogue, Collection de M. Emile Tabbagh: Art Oriental. Paris, May 20-21, 1935. See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 406.
[2] See note 1.
[3] See note 1. See also Glenn D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 35.
[4] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
[5] See note 4.
Date
1520-1530
Period
Safavid period
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 30.8 x 18 cm (12 1/8 x 7 1/16 in)
Type
Manuscript
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Accession Number
S1986.208
Topic
Shahnama
dance
Safavid period (1501 - 1722)
percussion instrument
harp
Iran
king
Bahram Gur
Arts of the Islamic World
Henri Vever collection
Barzin
WWII-era provenance
Origin
Shiraz, Iran
Restrictions & Rights
Copyright with museum