• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 122

    BATTLE BETWEEN SAFAVID TROOPS LED BY HUSAYN BEG LALE AND THE FORCES OF SARU QAPLAN DHU'L-QADR

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

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    BATTLE BETWEEN SAFAVID TROOPS LED BY HUSAYN BEG LALE AND THE FORCES OF SARU QAPLAN DHU'L-QADR
    ATTRIBUTABLE TO MU'IN MUSAVVIR, ISFAHAN, IRAN, CIRCA 1640
    Gouache heightened with gold on paper, a lively battle scene set against a pink rocky landscape with gold sky, Shah Isma'il looks on from the upper right hand corner identified with small red inscription, further small inscription in the pink rocks, miniature between four lines of black nasta'liq in cloud bands reserved against gold ground, within blue gold heightened border and white and gold rules, on wide orange margins with gold floral illumination, mounted, framed and glazed
    Miniature 7 x 6in. (17.6 x 15cm.); folio 10 3/8 x 7 1/8in. (26.1 x 17.7cm.)


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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).

    This folio is previously unrecorded, but 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.

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