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Here is to your attention a Framed cover of an antique Persian Epic Poetry book, issued in Safavid Period ( 1502-1736)
This cover of the book presents The Hunting Camp Miniature by Mirza Ali executed in 1570-80.
Mirza Ali was one of the leading younger artists of the Tahmasp Shahnama, or “Book of Kings,” one of the most voluminous epics of world literature. The poem narrates the history of the ancient kings of Iran
from the mythical beginnings to the Arab conquest in 651 A.D. It was completed around 1010 A.D.
This mannered miniature was the left half of a large, double-page composition.
This painting, attributed to Mirza 'Ali, is the left half of a double page composition representing a pause during a hunt. Here, a youth straddling a rock cups the chin of a bare chested boy, whose upper arms are lined with burn marks, indicating that he is a Sufi, or follower of the mystical path, who has burned himself as a sign of his love of God.
The figures, part of a hawking party, gaze to the right at the seated prince.
Classical Persian poetry often mentions knights and kings from Iran's history alongside those from Arabic heroic tales. Created as highly illustrated manuscripts, these masterpieces of Persian poetry demonstrate the important place of literature, poetry, and bookmaking in the Persian-speaking world. From the tenth century to the sixteenth century Persian classical poetry developed as a literary language.
The artwork is preserved in a very good condition. The flaw- tiny dark spots on the left (see pictures).
Framed in a Period frame for protection purposes.
The artwork measures:
14 ½”- t
14 ½”- w
Weight- 7 lb.
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Miniature by Mirza Ali Framed Cover of Antique Persian Epic Poetry Book
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