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Tekish ibn al-Arslin (r. 1172–1200), page from a dispersed Compendium of Histories (Majma al-tawarikh) manuscript.

ca. 1425

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

framed: 13 1/8 × 8 3/4 in. (33.3 × 22.3 cm)
Gift of Mary Burns Foss
1983.94.10
Tekish was one of the kings of the Kwarazmian dynasty, which was based in northeastern Iran and Afghanistan. Like many of the rulers illustrated in the Compendium of Histories, he is shown seated in a tent accompanied by courtiers. Neither his features nor his clothing distinguish him from other rulers discussed in this text; he is identified only by his biography, written at the top and the bottom of the page.
Geography: 
Herat, Afghanistan
Culture: 
Afghani, Islamic
Period: 
Timurid dynasty (1370–1507)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Foss # 1515 Mary Burns Foss (Mrs. Wilson P. Foss Jr.) (1896–1987); gift in 1983 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Reza Mohamad Ghiasian, “The “Historical Style” of Painting for Shahrukh and Its Revival in the Dispersed Manuscript of Majma? al-Tawarikh,” Iranian Studies 48 no. 6 (2015): 875, 890, 899, fig. 2.

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