Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery presents “Falnama:The Book of Omens”


"The Angel of Death Descends on Shaddad ibn Ad," From the dispersed Falnama Iran, Qazvin, Safavid period, mid-1550s–early 1560s / Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; 59.3 x 44.8 cm. Purchase— Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler. Photo: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

WASHINGTON, DC. A group of unusual, illustrated manuscripts called
the Falnama that were once used by sultans, shahs and commoners to explore the
unknown will be on view October 24 through January 24, 2010, at the
Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. “Falnama: The Book of Omens” is the
first exhibition ever to be devoted to these rare works,
which were
created in 16th- and 17th-century Iran and Turkey. The Sackler Gallery will be
the sole venue for this international exhibition featuring works of art from
public and private collections.