London, South Kensington
21 October 2016
ATTRIBUTED TO SHAH MAHMUD NISHAPURI, HERAT, AFGHANISTAN, 16TH CENTURY
Poetry, Persian manuscript on coloured paper, 43 ff., four fly-leaves, 12ll. of elegant black ta'liq to the page arranged in two columns with gold divisions, title cartouches in gold and polychrome, text within gold and polychrome rules, with marbled paper margins, opening with illuminated headpieces, preceded by illuminated shamsa, colophon with signature of or attribution to Shah Mahmud, later added miniature painting in grisaille on final folio, in 18th century stamped black morocco
Text panel 5 ¼ x 2 7/8in. (13.4 x 7.2cm.); folio 9 ½ x 6in. (23.9 x 15.3cm.)
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