Persian Painting : The Arts of the Book and Portraiture
By:Adamova, Adel T.
Publisher:Thames & Hudson Ltd
Imprint:Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN/EAN:0500970688 / 9780500970683
Pagination:552 pages, illustrations
Dimensions:276 x 219 mm, 2630 grams
This is a luxuriously illustrated catalogue of more than forty extraordinary Persian miniature paintings, illuminated manuscripts and elaborately decorated book bindings in The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait, dating from the period before the Mongol invasions (11th-12th centuries CE) to the early 20th century. It includes rare examples from the pre-Mongol invasion period; fine illuminations of Qur'an manuscripts; Mu'nis al-Ahrar, an important early fourteenth-century anthology by Muhammad ibn Badr al-Din al-Jajarmi; material from dispersed manuscripts of Firdawsi's Shah-nameh; two previously unpublished copies of Qazwini's 'Aja'ib al-Makhluqat; three copies of Nizami's Khamsah; Sa'di's Golestan; and Jami's Yusuf and Zulaykha and Subhat al-Abrar - as well as paintings from dispersed Safavid and post-Safavid albums, and seventeenth-century bookbindings and oil paintings from the Zand and Qajar periods.