BAHRAM GUR PROVES HIS RIGHT TO THE THRONE OF IRAN
BAHRAM GUR PROVES HIS RIGHT TO THE THRONE OF IRAN

SAFAVID SHIRAZ, LAST QUARTER 16TH CENTURY

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BAHRAM GUR PROVES HIS RIGHT TO THE THRONE OF IRAN
SAFAVID SHIRAZ, LAST QUARTER 16TH CENTURY
From a Shahnama of Firdawsi, gouache heightened with gold on paper, Bahram Gur stands between two lions with the throne and crown of Iran behind him, figures look in from either side and part of a camel train on top, with two lines of elegant nasta'liq above and four below, the text in white clouds on gold ground with scrolling floral vine, set in gold decorated margins decorated with mythical animals amongst trees and flowering shrubs, the reverse with a further 16ll. of elegant nasta'liq, three lines of which are divided into four columns and written diagonally between cartouches of polychrome and gold illumination, areas of rubbing to the pigments, glazed and framed
Painting 10¼ x 8¾in. (26 x 22cm.); folio 16¼ x 10¾in. (41 x 27.2cm.)

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Lot Essay

For a manuscript featuring similar figures with rounded slightly flattened turbans which is dated to the equivalent of 1591 and attributed to Shiraz see Lale Uluç Turkman Governors Shiraz Artisans and Ottoman collectors: Sixteenth Century Shiraz Manuscripts, Istanbul 2006, no.329, pp.436-439.
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