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A STUDIOUS LADY

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A STUDIOUS LADY

SIGNED MUHAMMAD MUQIM, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1048/1638-39 AD

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A STUDIOUS LADY SIGNED MUHAMMAD MUQIM, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1048/1638-39 AD Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, a lady wearing orange robes and gold crown sits against a gold bolster cushion, a letter in her hand, wine bottle and fruits before her, as well as various scribes' accoutrements including a qalamdan, a pen and a piece of paper containing the signature of the artist and the date in small nasta'liq, around her gold clouds and foliage, laid down between a minor border formed of panels of nasta'liq and a minor blue border on cream margins with gold and blue floral design, laid down on card Painting 4 7/8 x 3½in. (11.8 x 8.9cm.); folio 12 7/8 x 9 5/8in. (32.8 x 24.5cm.)
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The artist Muhammad Muqim signed seven paintings which illustrate a Khamsa of Nizami dated to circa 1670 in the Chester Beatty Library, (A.J. Arberry Ed., Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, 1960, no.276).

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