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'Abdullah Hatifi.
Khosrow wa Shirin & Timurnama.

Persian manuscripts comprising Khosrow wa Shirin and the Timurnama, Khurasan, and Qazvin, Safavid Persia, c. 1570-1580.

Safavid Persia, 1570-1580
Provenance: Mughal Royal Library of Emperor Jahangir (r.1605-27) Mughal Royal Library of Emperor Shah Jahan (r.1628-58) Ex collection Hoop Kevorkian (d.1962)
Safavid Persia, 1570-1580

[Two works bound in one volume]. Volume 1: On sprinkled gold paper, 75 leaves, plus 11 fly-leaves, 12 lines to the page, written in nasta'liq in black ink, text divided into two columns, ruled in light blue, red, green, and gold, headings in white nasta'liq against a gold ground within a polychrome cartouche. Three illuminated miniatures. Volume 2: On manuscript paper, 14 lines to the page written in nasta'liq in black ink, text divided into two columns, ruled in green, orange, gold, and blue, headings in gold nata'liq, with polychrome and gold headings. Nine illuminated miniatures, incomplete at the end. Binding: in a European binding of tree calf over pasteboards, black leather spine gilt in compartments with red morocco label, slightly worn at hinges. The first three miniatures are of the Khurasan school and are attributed to ca.1570; the others from the Timurama are dated a decade later and attributed to Qazwin. Coloured plated, not in order: 1. Timur enthroned with the captive Sultan of Turkey. 2. Victory of Timur over the Indians. 3. Victory of Timur over the savages in Turan. 4. Victory of Timur over Shah Mansur. 5. Victory of Timur over Mang Khan. 6. Timur hunting near Shiraz. 7. Timur entertained by musicians. 8. Timur enthroned in Balkh. 9. The battle of Mir Hussain at Balkh. 10. Three maids seated before Khosrow and Shirin. 11. Sharon approaches Farhead, who kneels beside Mount Behistun. 12. Khosrow sits enthroned with Shirin. Provenance: The Kevorkian Collection, their label to upper pastedown (number 555)