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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 110

    A CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM

    IN SAFINAH FORMAT, SIGNED 'IMAD NUR KAMAL AL-ABSHI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED AH 865/1460-61 AD

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    A CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM
    IN SAFINAH FORMAT, SIGNED 'IMAD NUR KAMAL AL-ABSHI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED AH 865/1460-61 AD
    On poetry, Arabic and Persian manuscript on paper, 146ff. with various compositions of text panels in columns and lines with black fine naskh and thuluth, within black and gold rules, a few panels illuminated with intricate polychrome arabesques, the opening bifolio with elegant illumination in gold and polychrome on blue ground, the first folio backed with a delicate Ottoman hilyeh on gold ground with naturalistic floral spray, signed and dated on the last page, in Ottoman gilt brown morocco, back cover split
    Text panel 3¼ x 8¼in. (8.1 x 21cm.); folio 4½ x 10 1/8in. (11.5 x 25.5cm.)


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    The poems included in this anthology belong to Mawlana Shahi, Mawlana Tusi, Hafiz Shirazi, Mawlana Salman, Sheikh Sa'di and others.

    The album includes an extremely fine hilyeh (probably added when the manuscript was rebound), signed by Sheikh Suleyman Vehbi and dated AH 1249/1833-34 AD. It is noted in the signature that the calligrapher was a pupil of the famous Sevki Effendi (d. 1874 AD). The application of the hilyeh on calligraphic albums is rare and is indicative of the importance lavished on it by its 19th century owner.

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