Lot n° 51
300 - 500
Miniature persane illustrant un manuscrit d'épopée shiite : Khalid ibn Walid envoi une plainte au Prophète au sujet de l'Imâm 'Ali
Iran, Qajar art, ca. 1820-1830
Ink, gouache and gold on paper, 12 lines of Persian text written in nasta'liq, in brown and red ink, arranged in three columns interrupted by the miniatures, the titles of the episodes inscribed in rectangular registers, in reserve on a blue background with floral decoration. The margins have been cut, a 2 cm wide strip at the top of the page is glued to cardboard, wear.
The scene shows Imâm 'Ali victorious at his battle in Yemen, Khalid ibn al-Walid dissatisfied with the division of the spoils sends a letter of complaint to the Prophet.
Page size : 34.5 x 19.5 cm ; Miniature size : 18.7 x 18.2 cm
This illustrated page is taken from a Shi'ite epic relating the life of 'Ali, the Prophet's son-in-law. Folios from a similar manuscript are preserved in the Metropolitan Museum (Acc. 2019.318), dating from around 1820-1830. Shi'a epics were a popular genre in the Qajar period, but only a few illustrated manuscripts have survived, making this page a rare example from this period. Another page from the same group is in the collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan (Ir.M. 100) published in: Sheila R. Canby, Princes, Poets and Paladins, Musée d'art et d'histoire Genève, second printing, 1999, p. 95, cat. 68.
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