Location London, King Street Sale Date Apr 29, 2003
Lot Number 100 Sale Number 6713
Creator Shiraz, circa 1520-30 AD
Lot Title THE MEETING OF MANIJEH AND BIJAN
Estimate 4,000 - 6,000 British pounds
Special Notice No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis
Lot Description THE MEETING OF MANIJEH AND BIJAN
Shiraz, circa 1520-30 AD
A leaf from a Shahnameh, gouache heightened with gold on paper, Manijeh and Bijan seated in a richly patterned tent with female musicians accompanying them, three lines of black nasta'liq arranged in four columns above and below, slight oxidisation and creasing, mounted, framed and glazed
Folio 14½ x 11½in. (36.5 x 29.3cm.); miniature 9¾ x 7½in. (24.7 x 18.6cm.)
For Further Reading:
No. 80 Rostam rescues Bizhan from the pit
Safavid: Esfahan, May 1628
Scribe: Nezam b. Mir ‘Ali
Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper
London, British Library, MS Add. 27258, fol. 257v
As in No. 52, Manizheh has guided Rostam to the pit where her lover Bizhan is imprisoned. Rostam is about to let down his lasso for the rescue. The period when this manuscript was made witnessed a considerable production of single-figure studies of fashionable people. The curving posture of Manizheh and the companion nearest to Rostam show the influence of such studies. Their impact is also felt in the soft rendering of trees and rocks. By contrast, the bold pink background, signalling intense drama, originated in manuscript illustration.
Zal Beneath Rudaba’s Balcony
Iran, Qazvin; 1576-1577
The David Collection, 99/2006
On his travels to Kabul, Zal meets the divinely beautiful Rudaba, daughter of King Mihrab. Their young hearts begin to sing sweetly, and at a sign from the princess, Zal swings up to her room on his lasso. But their love is not made easy. Mihrab is a descendant of the evil Zahhak, and both Zal and Rudaba must engage in endless negotiations with their families before a wedding can finally be arranged.
On the right side of the painting is Zal on his horse, preparing to throw his lasso. Rudaba looks down from the palace’s roof terrace, reaching out her henna-stained hand.
Inv. no. 99/2006