23 October 2007
LANDSCAPE WITH SIMURGH
ATTRIBUTED TO BEHZAD, SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY
Ink on paper, four people, two on horseback, watch on as a simurgh decends from the sky, against a leafy landscape, a pond with ducks in the foreground and a herd of goats behind, laid down between two lines of black nasta'liq in panels and set within a thick orange border on blue-washed card, oxidising slightly showing through from the other side
Miniature 5 x 4in. (12.8 x 10.2cm.); folio 11½ x 7½in. (29.3 x 19.1cm.)
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The miniature has a later attribution to Behzad.
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