The lavish carpet page with a dense pattern of interlacing vine scrolls is almost identical to that found in a prayer book dated 1132 AH/1719 AD in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no.2003.239 ), attributed to Muhammad Hadi.
Muhammad Hadi (d.ca. 1771) was one of the most famous illuminators of the Safavid period, responsible for the borders of the St Petersburg muraqqa' (for a note on the album see lot 94). The motif of fruit-bearing vine scrolls is typical of the region of Kashmir and found in several media, from lacquer to metalwork. Muhammad Hadi’s master, ‘Ali Ashraf, used it often in his work (see for example a lacquer mirror case now in the National Museum of Scotland decorated with a similar scrolls (Ekhtiar 2011, p.274).
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