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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 334

    A CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM

    SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY AND LATER

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    A CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM
    SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY AND LATER
    Persian manuscript on card, 12ff., each folio comprising a panel of calligraphy in either shikasteh, naskh or nasta'liq some in clouds, all laid down between different gold and polychrome margins on variously coloured outer borders with outer polychrome rules, one of the borders with gold floral illumination, some panels with small areas of illumination, areas of staining and wear, one calligraphic panel by Ahmed al-Nayrizi with losses in the corners, in later plain brown morocco
    Folio 11 5/8 x 7 7/8in. (29.5 x 19.9cm)


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    The album comprises the following:

    1. Two calligraphic panels in shikasteh.
    2. Two calligraphic panels, one by Ahmad al-Nayrizi al-Sultani, dated Rajab AH 1115/November 1703 AD. Ahmad al-Nayrizi is the most famous naskh calligrapher of the late 17th and early 18th century (for further discussion of him and his works see Nabil Safwat, The Art of the Pen, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, 1996, pp. 212-13).
    3. Two calligraphic panels in nasta'liq by 'Ali Reza al-'Abbasi, one dated AH 1024/1615-16 AD. 'Ali Reza al-Tabrizi was one of the most famous nasta'liq calligraphers of the court of Shah 'Abbas I in Isfahan for which he signed 'Abbasi. His recorded works are dated between AH 1000/1591-92 AD and AH 1025/1616-17 AD (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. II, Tehran, 1346 sh, pp. 456-61).
    4. Two calligraphic panels in shikasteh.
    5. Two calligraphic panels in naskh by Muhammad Hashim al-Isfahani dated AH 1197/1782-83 AD and AH 1209/1794-95 AD, one copied from the hand of Ahmad al-Nayrizi. Muhammad Hashim, the son of Muhammad Salih known as Zargar was a master calligrapher of naskh, much praised by his contemporaries. His recorded works are dated between AH 1172/1758-59 AD and AH 1212/1797-98 AD (Mehdi Bayani, op.cit., Vol. IV, Tehran 1358 sh, pp. 456-61).
    6. One calligraphy in siah mashq (practice sheet) by Mir 'Imad al-Hassani al-Husayni, a well-known nasta'liq calligrapher contemporary with 'Ali Reza, who was murdered on accusation of being a Sunni. His recorded works are dated between AH 972/1564-65 AD and AH 1024/1615-16 AD (Mehdi Bayani, op.cit., II, pp. 518-38). Another calligraphy in nasta'liq by 'Abd al-Jabbar (d. AH 1065/1654-55 AD) who was a pupil of Mir 'Imad. His recorded works are dated between AH 1020/1611-12 AD and AH 1043/1633-34 AD (Mehdi Bayani, op.cit., IV, pp. 366-67.
    7. Two calligraphic Panels in shikasteh, one by 'Abd al-Majid Taliqani, one of the most famous shikasteh calligraphers, which was completed in the capital Isfahan (Nabil Safwat, The Art of the Pen, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, 1996, p. 106; Mehdi Bayani, op.cit., IV, pp. 252-4). The other panel signed Nabi and dated AH 11[00]/1688-89 AD. No other work by him is recorded.
    8. Two calligraphic panels in naskh, one by Ahmad ... (unidentified) and the other by Mayan 'Ismatullah, the nephew of Muhammad 'Arif Yaqut Raqam Khan, who was an Indian naskh scribe of the 18th century (Ghulam Muhammad Dihlavi, The Tadhkira-i-Khushnavisan, ed. M. Hidayyet Husain, Calcutta 1910, p. 126).
    9. Two calligraphic panels in nasta'liq by Mir 'Imad al-Hassani.
    10. Two calligraphic panels in shikasteh by 'Abd al-Majid, one written in the capital Isfahan for a certain Muhammad Isma'il and the other, which is a letter complaining of his health, dated AH 1181/1767-8 AD.
    11. Two calligraphic panels in naskh by Ahmad al-Nayrizi, one dated AH 1122/1710-11 AD and the other copied for a certain Aqa Iqbal Khwaja dated AH 1120/1708-09 AD.

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