From at least 1912-at least 1926
Fredrik Robert Martin (1868-1933), purchased from unidentified dealer in Constantinople 
Ownership information unknown
From at least 1931-1932
Jacob Hirsch, Ph.D, New York, method of acquisition unknown 
The Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Jacob Hirsch, New York 
 See “Miniatures from the Period of Timur in Manuscripts of the poems of Sultan Ahmad Jalair” [book] (Vienna: printed for the author, 1926), p. 13, pl. V. See also p. 27, where Martin recounts buying the manuscript in Constantinople in November 1912. It is unclear when, or to whom, he sold it. Martin was a Swedish diplomat, scholar, collector, art historian and author. Martin documented his journeys in numerous books.
 See Laurence Binyon, J.V.S. Wilkinson and Basil Grey, “Persian Miniature Painting: Including a Critical Descriptive catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March, 1931” [book] (London: Oxford University Press, 1933), p. 63 no. 36. The manuscript is “Lent by Jacob Hirsch, Geneva”, and “The last eight pages have the borders filled with line drawings and touched with gold and light colour. (These were shown separately at the Exhibition, mounted and framed.)”. Dr. Jacob Hirsch (1874-1955) was a collector of coins, medals, and classical art, as well as a dealer of archaeological objects. He had an eponymous gallery in New York, as well as businesses in Switzerland and Paris. See purchase file F1932.29 for J.E. Lodge letter to Dr. J. Hirsch dated April 9, 1932, wherein Lodge writes that he would come to New York to see the manuscript, implying it is already in the U.S. See also January 4, 1932 letter from M. Aga-Oglu, of the Detroit Institute of Arts, to Dr. Hirsch, noting that he had studied the manuscript and was enclosing it, with the miniatures, for return to Hirsch.
 The Freer Gallery of Art paid Dr. Jacob Hirsch in installments, the first on August 1, 1932, and the last on July 3, 1933, and marked approved on June 28, 1932. See object file for copy of invoices.
Research completed December 16, 2022
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Fredrik Robert Martin 1868-1933
Dr. Jacob Hirsch 1874?-1955
- Published References
- Freer Gallery of Art. Gallery Book III: Exhibition of September 5, 1933. Washington, September 5, 1933. .
- Ernst Grube. The Problem of the Istanbul Album Paintings. vol. 1. .
- Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of 2500 Years of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1971. cat. 7, pp. 1-3.
- Tomoko Masuya. Illuminations for the Divan of Sultan Ahmad Jalayir. vol. 1428 Tokyo, 2014. p. 7, pl. 2.
- Fredrik Robert Martin, Sir Thomas W. Arnold. Miniatures from the Period of Timur: In an MS. of the Poems of Sultan Ahmad Jalair. Vienna. p. 13, pl. 5.
- Beatrice Forbes Manz. The Legacy of Timur. vol. 2, no. 2 New York, Spring 1989. pp. 17-18, fig. 2.
- Dr. Esin Atil. The Brush of the Masters: Drawings from Iran and India. Exh. cat. Washington, 1978. cat. 5-6, pp. 24-26.
- , Massumeh Farhad, J.M. Rogers, Marianna Shreve Simpson. Persian Masters: Five Centuries of Paintings. Bombay. cat. 6, p. 37.
- Ernst Grube. Persian Painting in the Fourteenth Century: A Research Report. Supplemento agli Annali-Instituto Orientale di Napoli, no. 17 Naples. p. 42, fig. 69.
- Deborah E. Klimberg Salter. A Sufi Theme in Persian Painting: The Diwan of Sultan Ahmad Gala in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 11 Wiesbaden, 1976-1977. pp. 43-84, fig. 8.
- Basil Gray. Persian Painting. Treasures of Asia Geneva. p. 49.
- A. T. Adamova. Mediaeval Persian Painting: The Evolution of an Artistic Vision. Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series, no. 3 New York. p. 57.
- Islamic Art: Studies on the Art and Culture of the Muslim World. Islamic Art Series, supplement, vol. 6 London. p. 97.
- Oleg Akimushkin, Priscilla P. Soucek. The Arts of the Book in Central Asia: 14th - 16th Centuries. London and Paris. pp. 113, 118, fig. 69.
- Barbara Brend. Islamic Art. London. p. 145.
- Jill Sanchia Cowen. Kalila wa Dimna: An Animal Allegory of the Mongol Court: The Istanbul University Album. New York. p. 154, no. 17.
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- Arts of the Islamic World
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