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Antique Persian Manuscript Page, Safavid Dynasty.
Safavid Dynasty. (15021736) 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. 15881629) 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: Painted in gilt and gouache of a Persian manuscript leaf depicting Safavid King's court, from17th/18th century period. Size: 5 1/4"H x 3 1/4"W, housed in a 10 x 8 inches frame. Condition Report: The page is in fair condition typical wear to the page due to old age.


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