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 on the back. (Text block: 250x138mm)
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. Headings are in white script surrounded by flowers on a gold ground. (Ref: Soudaver, Art of the Persian Court).
Presented in an archival 16x12'' mat