ECKSTEIN SHAHNAMA: An Ottoman Book of Kings


ECKSTEIN SHAHNAMA: An Ottoman Book of Kings

WILL KWIATKOWSKI    Book Number: 79509    Product format: Paperback

Firdausi's epic poem The Shahnama is a celebration of Iran's ancient tradition of kingship. The Eckstein Shahnama is a lavishly illuminated and illustrated Ottoman copy of the work, completed in the last quarter of the 16th century. Its 32 beautifully illuminated and colourful illustrations, decorated with Persian borders and revealing the action of the text draw on the Persian tradition of manuscript illustration. They are a remarkable witness to the spread of Iranian culture to the Ottoman Empire in the period. This beautiful large softback study of the manuscript elucidates how the Ottomans succeeded in imbuing Iranian cultural models with their own distinct flavour and comparisons are made with paintings from the Baghdad school of the 1590s and influence of Qazvin painting. A superb interpretation and a beautiful art book. 62 page outsize softback.
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ISBN 9780954901455
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