Ink and gold on paper, with a central gold drawing of a small robed angel against a ground of gold-outlined flowering scrolls reserved against light brown ground, mounted on card with borders composed of lines of elegant black nasta'liq arranged horizontally and diagonally some with further similar arabesques and floral meander or small panels of gold and polychrome floral illumination, laid down between polychrome rules on wide card borders with cartouches and scrolls reserved against light brown speckled ground, some flaking
Calligraphy 10 ½ x 8in. (26.5 x 20.2cm.); folio 15 5/8 x 12 1/8in. (39.8 x 30.6cm.)
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This album leaf is composed of pieces from a fine Timurid book of safina format. For a comparable manuscript with similar typical stippled stencil borders incorporating animals see Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library, 1960, pl.8. Two folios from the same album were sold at Christie's London, 14 October 1997, lot 135 and more recently 10 April 2014, lot 58.

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