• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 98

    A SON OF SULTAN HUSAYN BEING RECIEVED BY SHAH ISMA'IL AT KHUY IN 1508

    ATTRIBUTABLE TO MU'IN MUSAVVIR, ISFAHAN, IRAN, CIRCA 1640

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    A SON OF SULTAN HUSAYN BEING RECIEVED BY SHAH ISMA'IL AT KHUY IN 1508
    ATTRIBUTABLE TO MU'IN MUSAVVIR, ISFAHAN, IRAN, CIRCA 1640
    Gouache heightened with gold on paper, Shah Ismai'l sits on a gold throne beneath a canopy wearing white robes as Ibn Hussein Mirza kneels before him, his shoulders held by an unidentified figure, other subjects in brightly coloured robes stand and kneel around looking on, the two central figures with small red identification inscriptions, one further red inscription in the gold sky, miniature between lines of black nasta'liq in cloud bands reserved against gold ground, title in red naskh, within blue gold heightened border and white, gold and polychrome rules on wide orange margins with gold floral illumination
    Miniature 8¼ x 6in. (20.8 x 15cm.); folio 14¼ x 9¼in. (35.9 x 23.4cm.)


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    This miniature comes from a dispersed copy of Bijan's text Tarikh-i Jahangusha-yi Khaqan Sahibqiran, the known illustrations of which, Eleanor Sims writes, present the first Safavid Shah of Iran as a divinely inspired ruler and a princely hero following the mode of Firdawsi's Shahnama (Eleanor Sims, 'A Dispersed Late-Safavid copy of the Tarikh-i Jahangusha-yi Khaqan Sahibqiran, published in Sheila R. Canby (ed.) Safavid Art and Architecture, Cambridge, 2002, p. 54). The text was compiled in the 1680s by a 'minor late-Safavid historian, almost certainly a Georgian, who signs himself as qissa-yi safavi-khwan' (Sims, op. cit., p.54).

    Other folios from the same manuscript are in the Nasser David Khalili collection and the Art and History Trust Collection. One sold at Sotheby's, 30 June 1980, lot 243, four in the same Rooms (Property of the Baltimore Museum of Art), 22nd/23rd March, 1986, lots 151-4, and another on 20 June, 1980, lot 243. More recently two sold in these Rooms, 17 April 2007, lots 246 and 247 and another on 6 October 2009, lot 122. For another miniature from the same manuscript, see lot 185.

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