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Chinese or Tartar kings who gained their thrones by foreign help

Creation date: 1314
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1971.53
State/Province: East Azarbaijan Province
Dimensions: 16 3/16 in. x 11 9/16 in. (41.1 cm x 29.4 cm)


Hagop Kevorkian Fund, London, England ( - December 15, 1962)

Sotheby's, New York, New York (December 15, 1962 - December 15, 1962)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (December 15, 1962 - December 21, 1971)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 21, 1971 - )

Label Copy

November 2005
Tastes of Asia Rotation
Between 1256 and 1353 the Mongols from Central Asia and China ruled Iran during a period known as the Il-Khanid, meaning ìsubjects of the Khan.î The first ruler of the Il-Khanid dynasty was Hulagu, the grandson of Genghis Khan, who established his capital in the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran.
It was during the Il-Khanid period that the first known illustrated Persian manuscripts were produced. The Jami al-Tavarikh, from which this important dated page comes, is one of the first illustrated manuscripts produced in Iran. It is a historical text written by an Il-Khanid prime minister. He organized an atelier of artists and scribes to produce illustrated manuscripts of this text. The Mongols' close links with China and Central Asia - areas controlled by other branches of the family of Genghis Khan - resulted in the use of many Sinicizing elements in art, which are especially evident in facial features and figural types. These stylistic elements adapted from Chinese and Central Asian art would deeply affect the subsequent development of Persian painting.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Islamic Art from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service , 10/1/1966 - 10/19/1969

Islamic Art Across the World Indiana University Art Museum , 6/18/1970 - 10/1/1970

Islamic Art from the Edwin Binney Collection Phoenix Art Museum , 3/18/1977 - 5/1/1977


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Richard Ettinghausen. Islamic Art from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd Smithsonian Institution. Washington, District of Columbia, 1966
Page Number: no. 18, Figure Number: 18

Theodore Robert Bowie. Islamic Art from Across the World Indiana University Art Museum. Bloomington, Indiana, 1970
Page Number: 32, no. 40

Classical and Near Eastern Art, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.. New York, New York, December 14, 1962-December 15, 1962
Page Number: 88, 91 Lot no. 300

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