Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Collection of three Indo-Persian miniatures , in Persian

Sold for £60

Est: £400–600

Collection of three Indo-Persian miniatures , in Persian, illuminated manuscripts on paper [Persia and western India, nineteenth century]

Three single leaves: (a) single column, miniature set between 3 lines of text at top and bottom, full text-leaf on reverse with 25 lines of black nasta'liq with overlining in red, miniature in ink and gouache heightened in gold, depicting a young man holding a heron in a stream while people on the bank react to the scene, c. 300 by 190mm.; (b) single column, miniature between 3 and 5 lines of text, full text-leaf on reverse with 27 lines of black naskh (written space 265 by 150 mm.), with key words in red, miniature in ink and gouache heightened in gold, depicting a group of four men watching a woman bathe in a river, leaf ruled in red and blue, horse and tree extending into the margins, c. 300 by 210; (c) single column, miniature beneath 8 diagonally-lined text panels, full text leaf on reverse with 17 lines in text-block in black nasta'liq (miniature 220 by 150 mm.), additional commentary in the margins forming diagonal lines protruding from the text, miniature in ink and gouache, depicting a wrestling scene with spectators, leaf ruled in blue and gold, c. 300 by 120 mm.; all framed and glazed

Acquired by the current owner some decades ago from the estate of a well-travelled Catholic Priest in Germany.

Illumination: The first of these images show 'The tale of the capture of a heron', from the first book of Abd' al-Rahman Jami's Sisilat al-Dhahab . The style and composition of this image are almost identical to a sixteenth-century leaf in a copy of the same work in the Hermitage Collection in St. Petersburg (A. Adamova, Persian Manuscripts, Paintings and Drawings, 2012, p. 159), which may have acted as an exemplar for this image. The inclusion of laundry in the background is an unusual humorous addition to the scene that provides a rare insight into homely life.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

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