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Antique Pair of Persian Illuminated Pages

Antique Pair of Persian Illuminated Pages


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Safavid Dynasty. (1502–1736) Persian dynasty. It was founded by Isma'il I, who, by converting his people from Sunnite to Shi'ite Islam and adopting the trappings of Persian monarchy, planted the seeds of a unique national and religious identity. He captured Tabriz from the Ak Koyunlu and became shah of Azerbaijan (1501) and Persia (1502). 'Abbas I (r. 1588–1629) brought the dynasty to its peak; his capital, Isfahan, was the center of Safavid architectural achievement. The dynasty declined in the century following his reign, pressed by the Ottoman Empire and the Mogul dynasty, and fell when a weak shah, Tahmasp II, was deposed by his general, Nadir Shah. During this period, the art of painting continued to flourish, with single-page paintings and drawings becoming more popular than manuscript illustration. Artistic and architectural developments under Shah Abbas continued into the early seventeenth century. Description: Pair of Persian illuminated manuscript pages, I believe the two pages are from " Golestan " written by world renowned Persian poet and author " Sadee ". Of course the pages are not from original book written in 13th century, the original book's existence is unknown, but numerous copies ware produced by each generation of Persian scholars since 13th century and Sadee has expressed his philosophy and world view through short stories and his audiences are kings and aristocrats and general public. Both pages are in one frame, 10 1/4 inches in height and 5 1/2 inches wide, the style of paintings suggests that the pages are from Safavid era and in good condition.