SINGLE PAGE PORTRAIT
17th century Safavid paintings mainly include one or two figures in larger scale against a simple, monochrome landscape.
Persian Miniatures never intend to mirror the real world, instead the appearance and spirit of it has been transformed into a conventional scheme!
This is a replica of the lavishly illustrated manuscript of Horoscope of Iskandar Sultan. The horoscope shows the position of the heavens at the moment of Iskandar's birth on 25th April 1384.
Since the painting is damaged and faded in some parts, especially in facial details, this replica tried to reconstruct and regenerate the original work done in 1411 with the aim of the revival of the 15th century tradition of Miniature painting in Central Asia.
23.5ct Shell Gold, handmade natural watercolour, ink on paper. 29 x 40 cm, 2018.
HOROSCOPE OF PRINCE ISKANDAR
A SCENE FROM THE STORY OF RABE'H & BAKTASH
This is an original composition/painting done based of the stylistic conventions of the 15th and 16th century miniature paintings.
The story has been chosen from the Ilahi namah of Farid al-din Attar-i Nishaburi.
Rabi'a Balkhi, is a semi-legendary figure of Persian literature and was possibly the first woman poet in the history of Persian poetry. She was from the royal family descended from Arab immigrants who had settled in eastern Persia. When her father died, his son Hares, brother of Rabi'a, inherited his position. According to legend, Hares had a Turkic slave named Baktash, with whom his sister was secretly in love.
KAYKAVUS ASCENDS TO THRONE
This painting is a replica of one of folios from This scene is from the Baysunghur shahnama commissioned by the Timurid prince, sultan Baysunghur in 1430. It is showing the Kaykavus shah ascends to throne, with his companions in a feast.
Kaykavus is a powerful king of Greater Iran who ruled Iran for one hundred and fifty years. He was from the Kayanid dynasties that they were fighting against Turan, the first and foremost antagonist of Iran. He was then succeeded by his son.
THE SONG OF YOUR FEAST IS NOW MAKING THE HEAVEN DANCE
سرود مجلست اکنون فلک به رقص آرد
که شعر حافظ شیرین سخن ترانه توست
Handmade natural watercolour, Gouache and ink on paper. 16 x 24 cm, 2020.