"Bahman Taking Revenge on the Sistanians" Folio from the Majma' al-Tavarikh (Compendium of Histories) of Hafiz-i Abru
Hafiz-i Abru (d. 1430)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to present-day Afghanistan, Herat
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
6 5/8 in. high 5 3/16 in. wide (16.87 cm high 13.12 cm wide)
Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956
Not on view
Written by court historian Hafiz-i Abru and modelled after the Ilkhanid Jami al-Tavarikh, the text of the Majma al-Tavarikh begins at the time of Adam and continues into the rule of Shah Rukh (r. 1405–47). A chapter heading on the reverse of this folio identifies the scene as Bahman taking revenge on the Sistanians. The manuscript, which was originally composed of 407 folios including 150 miniatures, remained intact until at least 1928. It had a leather binding, and its paintings were executed in three different styles. The Metropolitan Museum owns ten folios from the manuscript.
[ Emile Tabbagh, Paris, by 1926]; [ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, sold to Macy]; V. Everit Macy, New York (until d. 1930; his estate sale, American ArtAssociation, New York, January 6–8, 1938, no. 444); Cora Timken Burnett, Alpine, NJ (until d. 1956; bequeathed to MMA)
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. "Special Persian Exhibition," 1926.
Palm Beach, FL. The Society of the Four Arts. "Loan to the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Fl," February 2, 1962–February 27, 1962, no catalogue.
Pope, Arthur Upham. "Special Persian Exhibition." Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Museum Vol. XXII, no. 107 (November 1926). pp. 245-251.