Lot 43
  • 43

An illustration to the Akhbar-i Barmakiyan, Mansur brought before Yahya Barmaki, India, Mughal, circa 1595-1600

7,000 - 10,000 GBP
26,250 GBP
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  • gouache and paper
  • painting: 21.2 by 11cm.
    leaf: 37 by 27.3cm.
gouache with gold on paper, reverse with 12 lines in nasta'liq script from a poetic text, laid down on an album leaf with wide cream borders


A number of leaves from this manuscript are thought to have been in the possession of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-92), traveller, Secretary of State and Lord of the Admiralty.
Sotheby's New York, 20 September 1985, lot 374  
Sotheby's London, 1 July 1969, lot 92, "The Property of a Gentleman"

Catalogue Note

This miniature is one of a series dating from a late sixteenth-century Mughal manuscript titled Akhbar-i Barmakiyan, a work believed to have been written in the tenth and eleventh centuries AD and translated from Arabic into Persian by the fourteenth-century translator Ziya ud-Din Barani. The work concerns the history of the Barmakid dynasty, and chronicles “the generosity and clerical efficacy” of a family that rose to considerable power during the early years of the Abbasid Caliphate.

Sixteen illustrated leaves from this manuscript were sold in these rooms, 1 July 1969, lots 83-98. Two others were in the Warren Hastings Album (subsequently Phillipps MS.14170) sold 26 November, 1968 lots 376 and 377. Two illustrated leaves were sold in our New York rooms 15-16 April 1985, lot 445, and 21-22 March 1990, lot 8, the latter formerly in the collection of Ed. Binney, 3rd. Another was sold at Christie's London, 14 October 2003, lot 146. Leaves from this manuscript are found in the collection of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (formerly in the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan collection, see Welch and Welch, 1982, no.53, pp.155-157, and Canby 1998, nos.87-88, pp.119-121).