AN ILLUMINATED ALBUM PAGE OF CALLIGRAPHY: SURAT AL-FATIHA, BY GHOLAM REZA, PERSIA, QAJAR, DATED A.H. 1284/ A.D. 1867
Ink, gouache and gold on paper, 6 lines of fine nasta'liq script in black ink within cloud bands filled with interlacing vines, and interspersed with polychrome flowers, headpiece with panels of coloured and gold foliate cartouches, signed lower left, laid down on an album page with coloured scrolling borders, ruled in blue, red and gold.
central panel: 23 by 12.3cm. leaf: 35 by 23cm
Photography/ Text © Sotheby´s
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