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Asian Art

Anushirvan Enthroned, from a Book of Kings (Shahnama) manuscript

ca. 1560–75

Opaque watercolor, gold, silver, and lapis lazuli on paper

sheet: 16 3/4 × 10 5/8 in. (42.5 × 27 cm)
image: 13 × 8 1/16 in. (33 × 20.5 cm)
other (text on verso): 9 13/16 × 5 13/16 in. (25 × 14.8 cm)
framed: 24 13/16 × 19 1/8 × 1 3/16 in. (63 × 48.5 × 3 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2017.140.1
Anushirvan (r. 531–79 C.E.) is famous for his love of science, his battles with the Byzantine Empire, and for introducing the games of chess and backgammon to India and Iran.
Geography: 
Iran
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Spink and Son, London; Private Japanese Collection

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018), Cover.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.