An illustrated and illuminated leaf from a manuscript of Firdausi’s Shahnameh: Rustam shoots Afrasiyab in the eye, Persia, Safavid, 16th century
ink and gouache heightened with gold on paper, 6 lines to the page written above and below the painting, written in nasta’liq in black ink within clouds against a gold ground, ruled in red, green, gold and blue, the reverse with 25 lines of text
painting: 24 by 19.7cm.
leaf: 38.3 by 26cm.
Ex-collection Joe and Hellen Darion, New York.
Purchased from the dealer A. Demirdjian (pencil inscription on reverse of backboard 'No.4-121' A. Demerdijian' and mentioned in personal inventory).