Miniature from a Gulistan c 1875

Catalog Number 28072
 
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Country of Origin

India

Source

Gulistan or Rose Garden

Date

c. 1875

Language

Persian

Script

Nasta'liq

Scribe

Unknown

Size of Leaf

230 x 150 mm, approximately (9.06 x 5.91 in.)

Condition

Under Fine [F-]

Description

 

A leaf from Sheik Sa'di of Shiraz's, Gulistan or Rose Garden, late eighteenth century, North India, written in Persian, on highly polished white paper (230 x 150 mm.). There are seven lines of nasta'liq script in black with red punctuation and headings; on each page there is a ruled border around.5 mm from the outer edge and a panel ruled in red and black with a gold border (170 x 100 mm.). The miniature is of Sa'di writing the Gulistan. Verso: eleven lines of nasta'liq script in black ink. Condition of this leaf is less than fine [F-] due to some worming to outer margins with text in good condition.

The Guilistan "The Rose Garden" is a collection of poems and stories that was written in 1259 CE and is one of the two major works of the greatest Medieval Persian poet Sa'di. It is also one of his most popular books, and has proved deeply influential in the West as well as the East and still quoted for its wisdom. The well-known aphorism still frequently repeated in the western world, about being sad because one has no shoes until one meets the man who has no feet "whereupon I thanked Providence for its bounty to myself" is from the Gulistan. Allegedly every word of Sa'di has seventy-two meanings, and the stories, alongside their entertainment value and practical and moral dimension, frequently focus on the conduct of dervishes and are said to contain Sufi teachings.

 

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$500.00
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28072
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