Mrs. Naama Brosh, senior curator of Islamic art and archaeology
p.o.b. 71117, Jerusalem 91710
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The Museum has a varied collection of about fifty illustrated folios of several dispersed Shahnama manuscripts dated from the 16th to the 19th century. There are several folios from mid-17th-century Isfahan, some of them signed by the painter Mu'in Musavvir. Other noteworthy examples from Iran are single sheets from two 19th-century Qajar manuscripts, and a miniature from the celebrated Shahnama of Shah Isma'il II, which was produced in Qazvin. Among the folios from India are over a dozen miniatures from a 19th-century Kashmiri Shahnama, and several Moghul-style illustrations.
Most of the Museum's miniatures were bequeathed by Prof. Yuhanna Dawud, a collector and scholar of Islamic art. The majority of the Shahnama folios have been catalogued by Prof. Rachel Milstein and Mrs. Na'ama Brosh in: Islamic Painting in the Israel Museum, 1984. Visits to the collection were made in February 2009 by Ms. Bilha Moor, with kind permission and assistance of the curator, Mrs. Brosh.
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