• 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 152

    THE BATTLE BETWEEN SHAH ISMA'IL AND THE UZBEKS

    QAJAR IRAN, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    THE BATTLE BETWEEN SHAH ISMA'IL AND THE UZBEKS
    QAJAR IRAN, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Oil on canvas, depicting a raging battle scene in which Shah Isma'il and his army confront the Uzbeks, identification inscriptions, mounted and framed
    58 7/8 x 111½in. (149.8 x 283.4cm.)


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    By the late 19th century, Qajar versions of historical Safavid paintings were being done indicating a continuing influence of Iranian history as a creative source. Lively qahvehkhaneh (coffeehouse) paintings, such as the present example demonstrate this influence and illustrate the appropriation of heroic and epic themes for popular audiences (Layla S. Diba et al, Royal Persian Paintings, New York, 1998, p. 269).

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