c 1550 Book of Kings - Shanama Leaf, Persia


Original manuscript leaf from an illuminated manuscript of the Shanama or Book of Kings - one of the most famous of all Persian manuscripts.  Paper is very fragile with old repairs primarily on back. (Text block: 250 x 138mm – 9 5/8 x 5 3/8’’) 

Persia, c. 1550.

Very fine calligraphy, in four columns of Persian Nastaliq script on polished paper, sprinkled with gold. Margins ruled in blue, orange, red and gold, with column bars in a floral motif on gold ground.  (Ref: Soudaver, Art of the Persian Court).

Presented in an archival 12 x 16'' mat

  • Inventory# IM-12053
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