Four leaves with four miniatures from an illustrated manuscript of Hafiz-i Abru's Majma al-Tawarikh (The Assembly of History), depicting the devil Shakymuni in disguise; the reign of Bazdjurud bin Bahram; the caliphate of al-Qa'im bi-Amrallah; and an audience scene
Timurid Persia, Herat, circa 1425
Persian manuscript on paper, 33 lines to the page written in clear naskhi script in black ink, significant words and numerals picked out in red ink, inner margins ruled in red and blue, some repairs, slight staining mostly restricted to outer borders
430 x 330 mm.(4)
- The court scene forming part of lot 7 (illustrated top left in the catalogue) was in the 1936 New York auction of the Tabbagh Collection, lot 222 (illustrated), where it is identified as Al-Kaim ibn-Amrillah Enthroned. It has been suggested that the other paintings were in the same sale, but are not illustrated. Several of the descriptions in the 1936 catalogue resemble the paintings of a seated ruler with a sage in a wide-brimmed hat seated on a bench in front of him, as seen in lots 7 and 8.