An illustrated leaf from a manuscript of Sultan Husain ibn Mansur Bayqara's Majalis al-'Ushaq (Assemblies of Lovers, i.e. Lives of Saints), depicting whirling sufis
Safavid Persia, Shiraz, circa 1560
Persian manuscript on grey paper, text written in elegant nasta'liq script in black ink, inner margins ruled in blue, green, red and gold, outer border of blue stencilled paper, slight flaking, outer border repaired not affecting miniature, framed
leaf 327 x 216 mm.; text area 232 x 146 mm.