Ilkhanid Illustration
Hunt in the mountains
from the 1341 Inju Shahnama, Shiraz


A larger image of Hunt in the mountains. 1341 Shahnama - Inju Dynasty, Shiraz


Frontispiece from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Illumination containing a Dedication to Qiwamuddawla wa'l-Din Hasan

Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: A hunt in the mountains; verso: text
Calligrapher: Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Husayni
Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa'l-Din
Historical period: Inju dynasty, Mongol period, February 1341 (Ramadan 741 A.H.)
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 35.6 x 29.3 cm (14 x 11 9/16 in)
Geography: Iran, Shiraz
Accession Number: S1986.113
Classification: Manuscript
Type: Detached manuscript folio
Provenance: Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris, France. To 1942
. Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. From 1942 to 1986
. Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. From 1986
. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. 1986
Description: Detached frontispiece from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskh script; recto: right-hand half of a double-page, a hunt in the mountains, remounted heading from a Kitab-i lughat al-Fars; verso: text from the Shahnama, 6 columns, 30 lines. Patron: Qiwam al-Dawla wa'l-Din.
Border: The recto is set in an illuminated border; the verso is set in red and black rulings on cream-colored paper.
Source: Freer | Sackler S1986.113

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