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Creation date: 16th century
Creation place: Iran

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Type: Manuscript Calligraphy
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, gold and Ink on paper
Credit Line: Gift of the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
Accession Number: 2006.219
State/Province: Fars Province
Dimensions: 9 1/2 in. x 6 1/4 in. (24.13 cm x 15.88 cm)


Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California (1960s - November 2, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 2, 2006 - )

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Gallery 11 Label Dec 2015

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Iran, Shiraz, 16th century
Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on paper

The unusual arrangement of the writing on this page, filling columns oriented both vertically and diagonally, suggests that it comes from a book of poetry, because poetry books were often copied in this distinctive fashion. The title in an illuminated panel on the left side of the page refers to Dara and Sikander, enemies from the famous Book of Kings (Shahnameh) who were also the subject of many other poems.
Gift of the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection, 2006.219
Last Updated: 12/4/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

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