Lot 25 (Islamic & Indian Art, 22nd April 2020)
A MURAQQA' ALBUM PAGE: AN ILLUSTRATION FROM THE ISKANDARNAMEH (v.) AND SECTION 37 OF THE TUHFAT AL-AHRAR FROM JAMI'S HAFT AWRANG (r.)
PROPERTY OF THE LATE BRUNO CARUSO (1927 - 2018) COLLECTION
Possibly Tabriz, North Western Iran, 16th century
The verso with opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the vertical illustration depicting several different scenes, from the performance of a dancer accompanied by three musicians, to an indoor meeting between two gentlemen dressed in the typical Safavid fashion and wearing on top of their turbans a tall taj (baton), lastly to a more intimate scene with two lovers caught in a tender embrace being overseen by an elderly female attendant nestled in the lower left corner, a total of 12ll. of black ink nasta'liq script quoting Turkish poetic quatrains from the Story of Alexander (Iskandarnameh), pasted onto a green border decorated with golden Chinese cloud-shaped designs amidst a spray of rosette and lotus tendrils; the recto with an extract from the Tuhfat al-Ahrar by Jami, 21ll. of black ink nasta'liq script to the page, one line in gold and another in red, pasted onto a red border decorated with golden vegetal sprays, lotus flowers and arabesques, 34.5cm x 23cm.
Sold for £2,375