An illustrated manuscript leaf depicting Sufi dancers Shiraz, second half of the 16th Century
Lot 12
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
Sold for £9,000 (US$ 14,617) inc. premium

Lot Details
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.

Footnotes

  • Majalis al-'Ushaq is attributed to Sultan Husain ibn Mansur Bayqara (d. AH 911/AD 1505) but is said by some authorities to have been written by Kamal al-Din Husain Gazarghi Khuandamir. See Storey, Persian Literature, p. 961.
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