An illustrated and illuminated leaf from a manuscript of Firdausi’s Shahnameh: Rustam killing Alkus, Persia, Safavid, third quarter 16th century
ink and gouache heightened with gold on paper, 7 lines to the page above and below the painting, written in nasta’liq in black ink within clouds against a gold ground, the reverse with 13 lines of text alternated horizontally and obliquely against gold floral decoration, ruled in red, green, gold and blue
painting: 26 by 19cm.
leaf: 32.2 by 21.6cm.
Ex-private collection, Switzerland.
Previously purchased at Ader Picard Tajan, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 4 March 1986, lot 309.