PIXE Analysis of Persian Miniature Used in 16th Century Poetry Manuscript
O. Kakueea, V. Fathollahia, P. Oliaiya, M. Lamehi-Rachtia, M. Sharafib and M.B. Kasirib
aNuclear Science Research School, NSTRI, P.O. Box 14395-836, Tehran, Iran
bDepartment of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
Received: January 29, 2014
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In Persian culture, precious poetry manuscripts used to be decorated by miniature paintings and illuminations to visualize the story of the poem to the reader. The Joseph and Zulaikha story written in Persian by Jami (1414-1492) is one of the poetry books which has attracted considerable attention and has been copied and decorated by calligraphers and painters several times. This paper will focus on characterization of Persian miniature of the Joseph and Zulaikha created in the 15th-16th century in the Bokhara school. To collect the required information for preservation, restoration, and authenticity of the masterpiece, the elemental composition of the applied pigments in the miniature paintings as well as the elemental composition of the employed ink and paper was analyzed by external PIXE.

DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.125.1244
PACS numbers: 82.80.Ej, 07.85.Nc