AN ILLUSTRATION FROM NIZAMI'S KHAMSA: ZARIVAND STRIKES GUPAL, THE RUSSIAN FIGHTER, WITH A MACE, PERSIA, TURKMAN, LATE 15TH CENTURY
AN ILLUSTRATION FROM NIZAMI'S KHAMSA: ZARIVAND STRIKES GUPAL, THE RUSSIAN FIGHTER, WITH A MACE, PERSIA, TURKMAN, LATE 15TH CENTURY
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AN ILLUSTRATION FROM NIZAMI'S KHAMSA: ZARIVAND STRIKES GUPAL, THE RUSSIAN FIGHTER, WITH A MACE, PERSIA, TURKMAN, LATE 15TH CENTURY

Estimate: 3,000 - 4,000 GBP

AN ILLUSTRATION FROM NIZAMI'S KHAMSA: ZARIVAND STRIKES GUPAL, THE RUSSIAN FIGHTER, WITH A MACE, PERSIA, TURKMAN, LATE 15TH CENTURY

Estimate: 3,000 - 4,000 GBP

Lot Sold:3,750GBP

Lot Details

Description

AN ILLUSTRATION FROM NIZAMI'S KHAMSA: ZARIVAND STRIKES GUPAL, THE RUSSIAN FIGHTER, WITH A MACE, PERSIA, TURKMAN, LATE 15TH CENTURY


gouache heightened with gold on gold-speckled paper, four columns of text in black naskh above and below, the reverse with 21 lines of black naskh arranged in four columns


painting: 13.5 by 13cm.

leaf: 27 by 17.7cm.

Condition Report

Minor losses to the painting, some flaking and rubbing, as viewed.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

The style of the combatants’ lamellar armour, the landscape and costumes of the onlookers are very similar to those found on a copy of ‘Assar Tabrizi’s Mihr-u Mushtari in the Bibliothèque Nationale, attributed to Shiraz circa 1475 (published in Suppl. Persan 1401, Francis Richard, Splendeurs Persanes. Manuscrits du XIIème au XVIIème siècle, Paris, 1997, no.60, p.104). A curious feature of this leaf, however, is the use of naskh for the text. The numerous copies of Nizami’s Khamsa made in Timurid and Turkman Shiraz are typically in nasta‘liq.

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