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Aqa Mirza Mohammed Baqer Shirazi
1858 - 1859
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A finely bound copy of epic poem "Shahnameh," the Bombay 1275-76 edition.
Bombay was inhabited by many second and third generation Indian Zoroastrian members of the Parsi community by the nineteenth century, and as communication and trade developed between Iran and India, many of these Parsi communities began reconnecting with their ancestral homeland in Iran. This publication represents the pinnacle of this cultural merger with the illustrations and style of manuscript produced for this publication very much following the Qajar style that was prominent in Iran during this period, featuring illustrations which are characterized by a more realistic treatment of portraiture than any Indian artistic equivalent.
Lacking two preliminary folios and 9 folios from the postscript at the end.
A few tears which have been repaired.
Contemporary block-printed cloth over boards which have been repaired.
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