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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Day of Judgment, folio from a manuscript of the Falnama (Book of Omens).
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Judgment Day, folio from Shah Tahmasp Safavi's “Falnama”
Series/Book Title: Falnama
Work Type
painting with text
c. 1555
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Tabriz
Safavid period
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Physical Descriptions
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
sight: 58.5 × 43.7 cm (23 1/16 × 17 3/16 in.)
framed: 84.1 × 68.9 × 2.5 cm (33 1/8 × 27 1/8 × 1 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr.
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Mary McWilliams, "Welch Gift of Indian, Iranian, and Turkish Art to the Arthur M. Sackler Museum", Apollo, ed. David Ekserdjian, Apollo Magazine Limited (London, England, December 2000), vol. CLII no. 466, pp.12-14, Page 12-14/Figure 2

James Cuno, ed., A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, Mass., Spring 2000), pp. 32-33

Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), p. 69

Massumeh Farhad and Serpil Bagci, Falnama: The Book of Omens, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Washington, D.C., 2009), pp. 190-191, 258

Christiane Gruber, ed., The Moon: A Voyage through Time, exh. cat., The Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, 2019), pp. 110-111, no. 17

Exhibition History

Calligraphy and the Arts of the Book, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/25/1993 - 01/30/1994

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 06/08/2000 - 09/03/2000

Falnama: The Book of Omens, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, 10/24/2009 - 01/24/2010

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/14/2015 - 11/03/2015

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