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'ASSAR TABRIZI, Muhammad.

Mihr 'o Mushtari [The Sun and Jupiter],

also known as Eshq'nama, signed by the eminent scribe Pir Hussayn al-Katib Shirazi.

Stock Code
103432
Early Safavid Persia, Shiraz, 1503
£15,000

Sheikh Shams al-Din Muhammad 'Assar Tabrizi was a poet, scholar and mystic of fourteenth-century Persia, and this poetic romance is his best-known work. With strong pre-Islamic themes, the text relays an epic story of spiritual and platonic love between the protagonists Mihr (son of Shahpur Shah) and Mushtari (son of Shapur Shah's Vizir), relaying the trials and tribulations they encounter together from their early schooldays and further through their adulthood.

The style of these miniatures are typical of the Shirazi school of painting, distinct for their use of bright colours and structured compositions, contemporary to the copying of the manuscript. The illustrations included are of famous scenes from the epic, including Mihr sailing to India in search of Mushtari, Mihr killing a lion, Mushtari appearing before an enthroned Mihr and Mushtari fighting a tiger.

The colophon of this text is signed 'Pir Husseyn' and dated to the year 908 Hijri

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Description

Illuminated manuscript on gold-speckled paper, in Farsi, 208 leaves (with 5 later endleaves), probably lacking at least one gathering at the front of the volume (leaves mounted on stubs, exact collation therefore unachievable), 205 by 130 mm.; single column, 12 lines delicate and fine black nasta'liq script, with 7 illuminated miniatures in the text, each heightened in gold and depicting a famous scene from the narrative, catch-words, headings in gold throughout, text panels ruled in gold and blue throughout; some water-staining to leaves along lower edges (more prominent in final few gatherings), some light scuff marks, overall bright and attractive condition; housed in late eighteenth-century tan blind-ruled boards, with filigree medallions inscribed with the 'Fars Umul Muhammad Khan' (ý) imprint, rebacked in leather and edges repaired.

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