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    Four Painted Persian Miniatures

    [Illuminated Manuscript]. Four Persian Manuscript Leaves with Large Miniatures. [N.p., n.d., circa eighteenth century]. Four leaves with large painted miniatures on rectos and full page of text on the versos. Approximately 10 x 14.5 inches each. Two paintings depict scenes of men hunting on horseback, while the other two show scenes of courtly aristocrats in peaceful settings. All four keeping with themes popular in art during the Safavid dynasty [1502-1736]. One of the courtly paintings has a hole in the background of its lower left corner, which has been addressed by a piece of tape on its verso (affecting the text) and repainted over the covered hole on the recto. Light edge wear with occasional small tears, creases and corner bends, paint smudges, light rippling, and minor stains. Else in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Miniature in the era of Safavid

    "At the beginning of the 16th century the Safavid dynasty came to power. In the Safavid epoch, the Iranian miniature distanced itself from the influence of the Chinese and took a new path of development. According to most art experts, the miniature painting reached a peak during this period, both in quality and quantity.

    "Shah Abbas I, himself a painter, paid special attention to the miniature. He assembled the most eminent miniature masters. In his era, Iran was in its cultural prime. The art of design prospered and the miniature works became more sophisticated. The miniature themes centred around events in the royal court, the aristocratic class, beautiful palaces and, last but not least, hunting scenes. The style was subtler than those of the previous schools. Thus miniatures were not only painted for embellishment and the illustration of books." 

    -A Concise History of Iranian Miniature.

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    August, 2015
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