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verso: Folio from a Falnama (Book of omens); verso: Expulsion of Adam and Eve; recto: text recto: Folio from a Falnama (Book of omens); verso: Expulsion of Adam and Eve; recto: text

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Folio from a Falnama (Book of omens); verso: Expulsion of Adam and Eve; recto: text

Type
Detached manuscript folio
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid 1550s
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimension(s)
H x W: 59.7 x 44.9 cm (23 1/2 x 17 11/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Qazvin
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.251
Description
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Falnama (Book of omens); text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text, one column, eleven lines; verso: illustration: Expulsion of Adam and Eve; one of a group of twenty folios.
Border: The painting and text have occupied the full width of the page.
Label
In this painting, Adam, whom Muslims consider the father of humanity and the first prophet, is depicted riding a serpent; Eve rides a peacock. According to tradition, Iblis, the Islamic counterpart to Satan, was intent on entering the Garden of Eden to foil Adam and Eve. By appealing to his vanity, Iblis enticed the peacock, the gatekeeper of paradise, to allow the serpent, then the most beautiful of all creatures, to enter Eden. Seated between the serpent's fangs, Iblis entered the garden and seduced Eve into eating the fruit of the forbidden tree.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript, Painting
Keyword(s)
Adam, angel, dragon, Eve, Falnama, Henri Vever collection, Iran, peacock, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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