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Image of Gordiyeh advises her brother Bahram Chubineh not to aspire to the Persian throne

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Gordiyeh advises her brother Bahram Chubineh not to aspire to the Persian throne


Creation date: ca. 1330
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, gold and ink on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1971.54
State/Province: Isfahan Province
Dimensions: 12 in. x 8 15/32 in. (30.5 cm x 21.5 cm)

Provenance

C.D. Kelekian, New York, New York ( - October 23, 1963)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (October 23, 1963 - December 21, 1971)

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

Label Copy

Asian Court Rotation
June 2007
This page is from a history of the Sassanian kings of the last pre-Islamic dynasty of Iran. Here, a famous general named Bahram Chubineh sits on a regal seat as he contemplates rebellion against his king, the Shah. He is looking towards his wise sister, Gordiyeh, who makes an impassioned appeal to him not to rebel against the Shah and to behave according to his status, foreseeing the ruin that would befall their family. Her pleadings are to no avail, and soon after Bahram Chubineh begins his short reign as usurper of the Iranian throne.
The first figural illustrations in manuscripts appeared during the Il-Khanid period (1256–1353) when the Mongol Khans ruled Iran. The Mongols introduced the facial and figural type seen here, with three-quarter profile and heavy robes that obscure the bodies, and it persisted in Persian painting for centuries.

Gallery 11 Label June 2014

Gordiyeh advises Bahram Chubineh not to aspire to the Persian throne
Folio from the Shahnameh
Iran, ca. 1330
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
This page from the Shahnameh comes from the last section of the book, which deals with the Sasanian dynasty that ruled Iran between 224 and 651 CE. Here, a famous general named Bahram Chubineh sits on a regal seat as he contemplates rebellion against his king, the Shah. He is looking towards his wise sister, Gordiyeh, who makes an impassioned appeal to him not to rebel against the Shah and to behave according to his status, foreseeing the ruin that would befall their family. Her pleadings are to no avail, and soon after Bahram Chubineh begins his short reign as usurper of the Iranian throne.
Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd, 1971.54
Last Updated: 2/8/2016

Exhibition

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

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

Persian Art , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Bibliography

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. 22, Figure Number: 22

Theodore Robert Bowie. Islamic Art from Across the World Indiana University Art Museum. Bloomington, Indiana, 1970
Page Number: 32, no. 42b

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