31 March 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 3,250
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 4,000
KAY KHUSRUW'S COMBAT WITH AFRASIYAB
SAFAVID SHIRAZ, 16TH CENTURY
From the Shahnama, gouache heightened with gold on paper, one of the horsemen jumps from his horse onto his opponent, his arm raised ready to slay, two groups of armoured horsemen look on against a light purple landscape with rocks and trees, with black nasta'liq text divided in four columns above and below, within gold rules and blue frame, full text page with 28ll. of black nasta'liq in four columns with intercolumnar divisions in gold rules, within blue frame, slight staining
Miniature 3 1/8 x 6½in. (7.8 x 16.5cm.); folio 13½ x 8 7/8 (34.5 x 22.6cm.)
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