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Greetings for Nowruz – and some Persian treasures

March 20, 2022

To all our readers we send greetings for Nowruz, the Persian New year which begins today. This brings with it a time of celebration when families and friends get together and mark the happy arrival of Spring with all its promise and hope. Sadly, for our friends in Ukraine and the surrounding areas, the present is very different and we are all concerned about what the next few months will bring. Let us strive to see that a sense of humanity prevails, so that Spring can come to all in that area as well.

Bahram Gur in the Green Pavilion

Charles Mugleston has sent the blog a Nowruz gift in the form of a link to details of the treasures of the Loewi Collection of Persian Miniatures. Christies, the auctioneers, have this collection for sale on 31st March 2022. To quote from their write up:

‘The Paul Richard Loewi Collection, complemented by a group of works acquired by his daughter Erica in the 1960s and 1970s, showcases some of the greatest achievements in Persian painting. … At the heart of the collection are two illustrated folios from a magnificent royal copy of the Shahnama, or ‘Book of Kings’, which has been dated to the reign of the third Safavid king, Shah Ismail II (r.1576-77).’

The link to details of the collection is as follows

https://www.christies.com/features/Persian-Miniatures-12133-7.aspx?sc_lang=en&cid=EM_EMLcontent04144C00Section_A_Story_4_0&COSID=42873161&cid=DM475415&bid=303343264

There is no sign of any work by Omar Khayyam in the collection. But we urge readers to have a look anyway. The paintings are magnificent examples of the richness and beauty that Persian art has given to us all. Even if the prices are beyond the budget of most of us, a few minute of study give a valuable reminder of positive human achievements to set against the turmoil and horrors of today’s world. Thank you, Charles, for this gift.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. javadfarzam permalink
    March 20, 2022 11:57 am

    Happy Norooz to everyone. Hakim Omar Khayyam made Jalali calendar some 700 years that remains the most accurate calendar in the world. Our new year begins today British time at 15:33 and 26 seconds and my wish for everyone is health, peace and happiness . Coronavirus pandemic, war in Yemen and Syria and now in Ukraine just shows how vulnerable the human race is and in the mean time we need take the advice if our great Hakim:

    Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears

    TO-DAY of past Regrets and future Fears –

    To-morrow ? Why tomorrow I may be

    Myself with Yesterday’s Sev’n Thousand Years.

    Javad Farzam

  2. March 20, 2022 2:29 pm

    Thank you Javad. A lovely comment.

  3. Barney Rickenbacker permalink
    March 20, 2022 3:25 pm

    Happy nowruz to all!

    ey del ar ‘eshrat-e emruz be fardaa fakani
    maaye-ye naqd-e baqaa raa ke zamaan khaahad shod
    (Hafez)

    “Heart, if you postpone ’til tomorrow the pleasure life gives today
    who will provide such treasure to live the rest of your life?”

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