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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 212

    ALEXANDER COMFORTING THE DYING DARA

    SAFAVID SHIRAZ, CIRCA 1560

    Price Realised  

    ALEXANDER COMFORTING THE DYING DARA
    SAFAVID SHIRAZ, CIRCA 1560
    Gouache heightened with gold on paper, numerous soldiers wearing brightly coloured, gold-embroidered robes, stand around as Alexander cradles the dying Dara, two soldiers throw their helmets off before them, three figures look on from beyond the purple landscape, above and below 2ll. of nasta'liq on gold floral ground arranged in four columns, small areas of flaking or smudging of paint, the reverse with 10ll. of nasta'liq in alternating horizontal and diagonal bands arranged in four columns, the interstices with polychrome floral decoration on gold ground, the text panel on the reverse held in place with brown tape
    8 3/8 x 6 5/8in. (21.2 x 16.8cm.)


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    A miniature from the Khamsah of Nizami, from the book of the Sharfnamah.

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