An illustrated and illuminated leaf from a manuscript of Firdausi’s Shahnameh: a ruler having an audience, Persia, Safavid, 17 century
ink and gouache heightened with gold on paper, 14 lines to the page written above and below the painting, divided into 4 columns, written in nasta’liq in black ink, ruled in red, green, gold and blue, reverse with 25 lines of text
painting: 23.9 by 18.2cm.
leaf: 30.6 by 23.4cm.
Ex-collection Joe and Hellen Darion, New York.
Acquired from A. Demirdjian.
Olsen Travelling Exhibition, Persian Miniature no. 62 (label on reverse of frame).
North Carolina Museum of Art, 1962 (loan number Olsen Persian Miniature TL.62.10.62, label on reverse of frame).