Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Abdul Qasim Ferdowsi. A scene from the Shahnameh depicting Siyavush Playing...

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Est: £2500–3500

Abdul Qasim Ferdowsi. A scene from the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) depicting Siyavush Playing Polo before King Afrasiyab , in Persian, illuminated manuscript on paper, [Safavid Iran, mid-seventeenth century]

Single folio, text in four columns, five lines of black nasta'liq, central miniature in gouache, depicting seven polo players on horseback with onlookers in the background, text with interlinear-colouring of spiralling floral vines on a gold background, leaf ruled in gold, leaf trimmed causing slight loss to upper left-hand side of image with the top halves of two standing figures, some oxidisation and slight loss of pigment in vertical lines (presumably from gilt columns to verso), lightly faded, framed and glazed, 240 by 190 mm.


Convinced that a battle with Siyavush will lead to disaster, King Afryasib invited the warrior to a Polo match instead, and they formed an accord and agreed that, unlike other Turanians under Afyasib's rule, Siyavush can compete alongside other Iranian players. This scene demonstrates the power of a peaceful treaty with the king admiring the skill and dexterity of Siyavush playing polo instead of fighting on the battlefield.




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