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

ca. 1425

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

Tekish was one of the rulers of the Kwarazmian dynasty (1077–1231), based in northeastern Iran and Afghanistan. Like many of the rulers featured in the Assembly of Histories, he is shown seated in a tent, accompanied by courtiers, and either conducting affairs of state, enjoying the outdoors, or preparing for a royal hunt and feast. Neither his clothing nor his features distinguish him from the other kings and sultans depicted in this manuscript: he is identified only by the text of his biography at the top and bottom of the page.


Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper


framed: 13 1/8 × 8 3/4 in. (33.3 × 22.3 cm)

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Gift of Mary Burns Foss

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Timurid dynasty (1370–1507)


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

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