• 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 70

    A WISE MAN NARRATING A STORY ON KHUSRAW SHAH AND CAESAR OF RUM

    TIMURID SHIRAZ, SOUTH IRAN, CIRCA 1430-40

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    A WISE MAN NARRATING A STORY ON KHUSRAW SHAH AND CAESAR OF RUM
    TIMURID SHIRAZ, SOUTH IRAN, CIRCA 1430-40
    Gouache heightened with gold on paper, depicting an enthroned prince in discussion with a wise man wearing a red robe and seated on a stool watched by a group of figures, two attendants stand behind the prince, one of them with sword bared, the scene takes place in a landscape with swaying trees including a single swaying cypress, the ground covered with grass tufts in various shades of green, seven lines of black naskh above organized in two columns with double intercolumnar divisions, the reverse with 19ll., text within gold and blue rules, bottom left hand side corner restored, rubbing and flaking
    Miniature 5¼ x 4 5/8in. (13.2 x 11.7cm.); folio 11 x 6 7/8in. (27.7 x 17.5cm.)


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    The very individual calligraphy that surmounts this miniature finds a comparable in that of a Timurid Shirazi miniature dated 1446 in the Keir Collection (B.W. Robinson, Persian and Pre-Mughal Indian Painting, Islamic Painting and the Arts of the Book, pl. 31, no. III.101, p. 140). It also bears strong resemblance to the perhaps more familiar copy of Sharaf al-Din 'Ali's history of Timur, the Zafar-nameh, completed for Ibrahim Sultan in Shiraz in Dhu'l Hijja AH 839/June-July 1436 AD (Eleanor Sims, Ibrahim-Sultan's Illustrated Zafar-Nameh of 839/1439, Islamic Art IV, 1991, p. 178). If anything the present miniature, with the extremely fine treatment of the swaying trees and the green vegetation that covers the hill, is more sensitively rendered than those.

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