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SHAMA'IL NAMA
SHAMA'IL NAMA

QAJAR IRAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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SHAMA'IL NAMA
QAJAR IRAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Gold and pigments on paper, 'Ali, Hassan and Husayn depicted in an oval medallion in the centre, angels appear in the sky, bordered with the names of the 14 Innocents, various calligraphic medallions in gold thuluth script around, on profusely illuminated ground in gold and polychrome, on card
14 ¼ x 9in. (36.2 x 22.8cm.)

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A related shama’ilnama depicting the Prophet Muhammad or Imam ‘Ali alone without Hasan and Husayn sold at Christie’s South Kensington, 11 April 2014, lot 202. Another hiliyeh, describing the Prophet Muhammad, is in the Nasser D. Khalili collection. (Vernoit, S., Occidentalism in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, vol.XXIII, Oxford, 1997, no.32, pp. 64-5 and Nabil F. Safwat, The Art of the Pen, Oxford, 1996, cat.40, pp.67-69).

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