Lot n° 60
800 - 1200
Result with fees
: 1 300EUR
DOUBLE PAGE ENLUMINÉE AVEC UN « GHAZAL » DE HÂFEZ
Iran, Qajar art, 19th century
Two sheets mounted opposite each other on a cardboard page, each painted in bright polychrome and gold. In the center of each page are glued at an angle two cartouches of the "ghazal" n° 330 of Hafez, calligraphied in nasta'liq on a turquoise background powdered with gold, surrounded by arabesques of palmettes. On either side, a gold multi-lobed cartouche on a background of golden palmettes scrolls on a cobalt blue background. The whole is bordered by a fine frieze of flowers on a black background and a band of pendants on a blue background. Originally mounted in an album (muraqqa'), stains and spotting.
Size of each leaf : 33, x 22,6 cm ; size of the open leaf : 45,5 x 33 cm.
The ghazal is a form of poem made of distichs (verses in two parts) that tend, each, to be a poem. Hafez, the 14th century Persian poet, whose real name was Shams al-Din Muhammad Shirazi, is considered the master of this literary genre. Here the ghazal is applied to a superb illuminated double page that follows the style of sixteenth-century Safavid sarlowhs, such as that of a Bustan of Sa'di preserved in Washington, Smithsonian Institution (Ladan Akbarnia and Francesca Leoni, Light of the Sufis. The Mystical Arts of Islam, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, cat. 27, p. 76). From the first half of the nineteenth century, schools of miniaturists in Shiraz and Isfahan adopted the Safavid style to paint illuminated double pages, intended to be mounted in calligraphy albums (muraqqa '). Expert L.S.
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