An illustrated and illuminated leaf from a manuscript of Firdausi's Shahnameh: Ardashir son of Gushtasp in a battle with the Turanians, Persia, Safavid, 17th century
ink and gouache heightened with gold on paper, 2 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, the reverse with 25 lines of text in nasta'liq, affixed to another text folio from the same manuscript
painting: 23.4 by 18.1cm.
leaf: 34 by 23.4cm.
Ex-collection Joe and Hellen Darion, New York.
Olsen Travelling Exhibition, Persian Miniature no.73 (label on reverse of frame).
North Carolina Museum of Art, 1962 (loan number Olsen Persian Miniature TL.62.10.73, label on reverse of frame).