A fine Mughal Miniature depicting the meeting of an Abyssinian General and a Mughal Noble in the Deccan, signed by the artist Zayn al-Abidin and dated AH 1033/ AD 1623-24; verso with a siyah mashq calligraphic exercise attributed to Mir 'Imad al-Hasani al-Qazvini, dated AH 1020/ AD 1611-12
depicting Mughal noble embracing an Abyssinian general, both on horseback, the dignitaries surrounded by an entourage of officers and warriors riding horses and mahouts astride elephants, spires and towers of palace buildings seen beyond, a rocky landscape in the background, gouache on paper, signed in nasta'liq script by the artist and dated on painted surface on a group of rocks towards bottom left-hand corner, slight retouching, mounted on a 17th Century album page with gilt-sprinkled borders and gilt margin rules, later erroneous nasta'liq inscription on outer border; verso a siyah mashq calligraphic exercise on a Deccani marbled paper ground, an 18th Century Mughal royal library stamp of A'zam al-Dawla Bahadur in bottom left hand corner, nasta'liq inscription on outer border, pencilled marks including the price "3000f" and dealer's code
miniature 297 x 195 mm.; calligraphic exercise 358 x 200 mm.; album page 480 x 328 mm.