Three Shahnameh folios, Ilkhanid Iran, probably... - Lot 67 - Ader

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Three Shahnameh folios, Ilkhanid Iran, probably... - Lot 67 - Ader
Three Shahnameh folios, Ilkhanid Iran, probably Shiraz, Inju period, first half of the 14th century One folio and one sheet, or six pages of manuscript on paper of thirty-four lines divided into six columns separated by red lines, copied in Persian naskhi in black ink, the section titles in red ink in larger type. The text is copied on both sides and one page has an empty frame for an unrealized illustration, another is illustrated. The pigment and gold painting shows a group of three men in fur coats, one of whom is older, presenting an offering to a fourth man in a Chinese hat. The scene takes place in a mountainous landscape against a red background. Dim. page approx. : 36,5 x 27,5 cm Wetness, stains, folds, tears on the edges, polychromy jumps on the illustration. The Indjuids or Inju constitute one of the minor dynasties that shared the decaying Ilkhanid Empire in the 14th century. Reigning from about 1325 to 1353, this dynasty controlled Fars, the provinces of Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan and Luristan. The Shahnameh, a brilliant history of the kings who dominated Persia from the creation of the world to the arrival of Islam, is one of the texts to have been most copied by the Ilkhanids, as an act of legitimacy for these masters of Mongolian Asian origin to impose their authority in foreign lands. This Asian ancestry can be seen in their pictorial production, notably in the oblong format of the manuscript illustrations, as shown here, reminiscent of Chinese paint scrolls, or in the faces and costumes of the characters, which echo the physiognomy and fashion of these peoples. The red background of the scene on which the mountains stand out may evoke the tradition of wall painting developed in Central Asia and Iran since pre-Islamic times. Three Ilkhanid Folios from Shahnama, Iran, probably Shiraz, Inju Period, first half of the 14th century
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