An illustrated leaf from a dispersed manuscript of Firdausi's Shahnama, translated into Ottoman Turkish and written in prose, depicting Rustam in battle Ottoman Turkey, late 16th/early 17th Century

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An illustrated leaf from a dispersed manuscript of Firdausi's Shahnama, translated into Ottoman Turkish and written in prose, depicting Rustam in battle
Ottoman Turkey, late 16th/early 17th Century

Sold for £ 828 (US$ 1,146) inc. premium

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18 Nov 2020 ended at 12:00 GMT

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An illustrated leaf from a dispersed manuscript of Firdausi's Shahnama, translated into Ottoman Turkish and written in prose, depicting Rustam in battle
Ottoman Turkey, late 16th/early 17th Century
Ottoman Turkish manuscript on paper, nine lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink, inner margins ruled in blue and gold
260 x 165 mm.

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  • Provenance
    The Shakerine Collection.

    A leaf, apparently from the same manuscript, was offered in these rooms, Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, 25th April 2017, lot 39. A leaf dated circa 1600, depicting Kay Khusrau and Rustam mourning at Siyavush's grave, is in the David Collection, Copenhagen (see J. Meyer, P. Wandel, Shahnama: the Colourful Epic about Iran's Past, Copenhagen 2016, pp. 152-153, no. 36). Both the style of the illustration and the hand of the text are very similar, and it is possible that the present lot, and the 2017 leaf, are from the same manuscript.

    Another illustrated copy of the Shahnama, translated into Ottoman Turkish, late 16th century, is in the British Library, London. The work is entitled Tercume-i Sehname, by Serif, and Norah Titley notes the skilful portrayal of armour (see N. Titley, Miniatures from Turkish Manuscripts: Catalogue and Subject Index of Paintings in the British Library and British Museum, London 1981, pp. 66–67, no. 58).
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