This exquisite manuscript page is from an important copy of Jami's Yusuf wa Zulaykha copied by Muhammad ibn Ishaq al-Shihabi and dated 964. The text is written in a very fine nasta'liq on burnished gold-sprinkled buff paper. The margins are decorated with arabesques and with forest scenes depicting a variety of animals. Here the animals shown are snow leopards, a pair of storks, crows, gazelle and wolves. The animals are presented in family groups, with the wolf cubs looking on as their parent kills a gazelle. The drawing is of the highest quality.
The interlaced fish arabesques are a feature of this manuscript.
A leaf from this manuscript was sold in these rooms, 14 October 2003, lot 128.
Another leaf from this manuscript is in the C.L.David Collection, Copenhagen (Folsach, K.: Sultan, Shah and Great Mughal, Copenhagen, 1996, no.105, pp. 139, 147-8).