Rustem killing Arjang Div

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Rustem killing Arjang Div
Mughal, circa 1630

Pen and ink heightened with colour on paper, in the centre of a hunting enclosure, Rustem stabs the div, while his soldiers look on from all around, foxes play in the fore- and background, (negligible spotting, one small tear), applied gold painted foliate borders, on an album leaf with red and blue borders painted with gold meandering vine, in gold and coloured margins, cream leaf painted with gold and polychrome arabesques and vine (slight fading and wear)
miniature 7½ x 4¾in. (19.1 x 12cm.)

Lot Essay

A very similar miniature by the same artist and presumably from the same Shahnameh is in the British Museum (1921.10-11.01), see: Rogers, J.M.: Mughal Miniatures, London 1993, p.75, fig.47
A third by the artist, showing acrobats, was sold in these Rooms, 23 April 1991, lot 38
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