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Selection from the Book of Kings, Shahnameh, by...

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Selection from the Book of Kings, Shahnameh, by Ferdowsi. Ink, polychrome pigments and gold on paper, modern red leather binding. India, probably Punjab, early 19th century. Manuscript of 26 lines per page written in nasta'liq calligraphy, opening with a unwan frontispiece illuminated with floral scrolls and polychrome and gold mandorls, featuring the beginning of the episode of Kamous-i Kashani. The manuscript ends with the episode of the Khaqan of China and King Bahram. Fifteen illustrations depict scenes of single combats, departures to war, and meetings of rulers. (Four folios mounted upside down, modern binding). Provenance: Strycker collection, Belgium.