• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 86

    A CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD AS'AD AL-YASARI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1192/1778-79 AD

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    A CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD AS'AD AL-YASARI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1192/1778-79 AD
    Persian manuscript on paper, 24ff each with 4ll. of black nasta'liq, laid down on gold and silver-speckled brightly coloured margins, the signature of Muhammad As'ad al-Yasari and the date of 1196 added at the end, in gilt brown morocco, minor staining
    Panel 8¼ x 4½in. (20.8 x 11.6cm.); folio 10 1/8 x 6¾in. (25.7 x 17cm.)


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    The text of this manuscript is composed of poetic compositions and quotations regarding letters of the alphabet.

    Muhammad As'ad al-Yasari (d. AH 1213/1798 AD) was a scribe of nasta'liq. The name Yasari derives from the fact that he was left handed. In fact he was also paralyzed on the right side and afflicted with tremors on the left, making his talent for calligraphy, and in particular the tal'iq script, even more notable. He wrote the inscription of a panel in the mihrab of the Hagia Sophia. His other recorded works are calligraphic pages, one dated AH 1193/1779-80 AD which he copied from Mir 'Imad (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran, 1348 sh., p. 633).

    A very similar muraqqa album by Yasari is in the Sakip Sabanci Collection (M. Ugur Derman, Letters in Gold, New York, 1998, no. 28, pp. 100-01).

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