Ancient Persian Manuscripts:
Epic of ShahNameh (Book of Kings)
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These illuminated Islamic folio pages were discovered in a cache of ancient Islamic and Persian documents in the Middle East.They date to the Timurids Dynasty ca. 15th Century Persia. An Originally written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around 1000 AD, the ShahNameh is the national epic of the Persian speaking world. It tells the mythical and historical past of Iran from the creation of the world up until the Islamic conquest of Iran in the 7th century.


Shah Nemeh, Persian Book of Kings. One large folio manuscript leaf (front and back shown). Written oriental Persian paper, in elegant classic Nastilik calligraphy in black and red ink within a polychrome border. Some holes and discoloration standard for the age. 10 5/8" x 6 1/8". Likely from the same book as the example at right. #145901: $199 SOLD


Shah Nemeh, Persian Book of Kings. One large folio manuscript leaf (front and back shown). Written oriental Persian paper, in elegant classic Nastilik calligraphy in black and red ink within a polychrome border. Some holes and discoloration standard for the age. 10 5/8" x 6 1/8". Likely from the same book as the example at left. #190401: $199 SOLD


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HUGE folio from the Book of Kings. Timurid Dynasty. 940--1020 AH (15th Century AD).
Written on ivory colored oriental Persian paper, in elegant classic Nastilik calligraphy in black and red ink within a polychrome panel. Some holes and discoloration standard for the age. Measures 16" tall x 9 3/4" wide. Fantastic! The last one I have and likely will ever get. #7650a1: $235.00 SOLD



Shah Nemeh #145720: SOLD

18th Century AD Book of Kings pages.
Written in beautiful liquid gold, orange & blue, floral patterns.
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