Outstanding work of art
This pair is from Iran which had been producing lacquer bindings of this format for the several centuries.
The art uses a technique in which some parts that need highlighting are raised - like in embossing.
The composition of a ruler seated under a canopy in a garden surrounded by attendant(s) is found in a number of such examples such as one in the British Library (Stanley, op. cit., pl.7.10, p.195).
Reasonable condition with some minor chipping and paint loss
Estimated to be from the late 1800s - early 1900s
LITERATURE REF: Ludwig V. Habighorst, Moghul Ragamala, Koblenz 2006, fig.19, p.58.
(Tim Stanley, "The rise of the Lacquer Binding", in Jon Thompson and Sheila R. Canby (eds.),
The Hunt for Paradise, exhibition catalogue, Milan, 2003, pp.184-201).
Photos show a frame but shipping is without the frame unless requested otherwise.