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  • Antique Persian Manuscript Page with Hand Painted Men on Horseback

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    This Antique Persian Manuscript Page with Hand Painted Men on Horseback probably dates from the 17th century.  The page, measuring 11.25" high by 7.375" wide, has a large, colorful painting on front, which is bordered by two lines of text on top and bottom.  There is a full page of text on back.  The painting shows three men on horseback, two facing backwards in order to shoot their arrows and one facing forward with a raised lance.  The brown, black and white horses run over a blue-grey ground dotted with stylized gold and white plants, as they pass a tall, narrow tree.  The black area at the top seems to represent sky or mountains.  This painting shows representational conventions of Persian miniatures: the creation of perspective by placing more distant figures higher up in the space; attention to the details of dress (here with patterned robes and domed helmets); and the horses are shown sideways.  The majority of the text is in black ink, although some sentences have red lines above them and the back has two textual marks which may be corrections.  There is a "word" inside the borderlines of the bottom left hand corner which may be a signature or some type of page notation.  The book from which this was taken is unknown, as is the exact age of the work.  This Antique Persian Manuscript Page with Hand Painted Men on Horseback is in better than good condition, particularly given its age.  Two small spots of paint are missing on the head (forehead and neck) of the upper horseback.  There is what looks like a small oblong burn hole and an old repair (with applied paper) in the border on back.  The paper seems to be naturally wrinkled (which is exaggerated in these photographs).