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Shamsa (recto) from right folio from a double-page frontispiece of a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940–1019 or 1025)

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Shamsa (recto) from right folio from a double-page frontispiece of a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940–1019 or 1025)

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Shamsa (recto) from right folio from a double-page frontispiece of a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (940–1019 or 1025) c. 1444 Part of a set. See all set records This object has related works. See Royal Reception in a Landscape, left folio from the double frontispiece of a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (Persian, about 940–1019 or 1025) Iran, Shiraz, Timurid Period, 15th century Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Image: 27.7 x 10.3 cm (10 7/8 x 4 1/16 in.); Overall: 32.5 x 22.1 cm (12 13/16 x 8 11/16 in.) Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1945.169.a DESCRIPTION At the center of the recto side of this folio is a shamsa, or sunburst, an exquisite symmetrical pattern of floral and geometric shapes painted in precious pigments and gold to reference divine light. The shamsa might have been intended to contain a name or portrait identifying the manuscript’s original owner, but in this case it is empty. INSCRIPTION Yā kabīkaj INSCRIPTION TRANSLATION King of Cockroaches INSCRIPTION REMARK This is a talismanic inscription against insects who might damage the book. INSCRIPTION REMARK Effaced seal PROVENANCE by 1914 Philipp Walter Schulz [1864-1920], Leipzig, Germany before 1935-1945 (Mrs. Kirkor [Antoinette P. Clark] Minassian [1874-1961], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art) 1945- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH CITATIONS The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1958. Mentioned: cat. no. 722 archive.org EXHIBITION HISTORY Exhibition of Muhammedan Art [Die Ausstellung Von Meisterwerken der Muhammadanischen Kunst in Munchen]. Munich, Germany (1910). Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI (1935). [lent by Minassian] (both folios?) Exhibition of Islamic Art. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA (February 24-March 22, 1937). Exhibition of Persian Art. The Iranian Institute, New York, NY (1940). Exhibition of Islamic Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (1944). Mostra d'Arte Iranica [Exhibition of Iranian art]. Instituto Italiano Per Il Medio Ed Estremo Oriente, Rome (June-August 1956). 7000 Ans d'art en Iran. Petit Palais, Paris (October-November 1961). Muslim Miniature Paintings from American Collections. Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy; Asia House, New York, NY (September 1962-February 1963). Juxtapositions. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (September 11-October 10, 1965). Imperial Images in Persian Painting. The Scottish Arts Council Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (August 13-September 11, 1977). The Twain Shall Meet. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 30, 1985-January 5, 1986). Order and Rhythm: Carpets from the Islamic World. Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH (September 10-November 7, 1993).

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