• 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 79

    A CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD ZAMAN AL-TABRIZI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1000/1591-92 AD

    Price Realised  

    A CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD ZAMAN AL-TABRIZI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1000/1591-92 AD
    Persian manuscript on gold speckled paper, each panel composed of two lines of black nasta'liq in cloud bands on gold ground, with a line of two panels of smaller nasta'liq and illuminated cartouches between, laid down on card between gold and polychrome borders, with very delicate contemporary floral and figurative gold illuminated margins, a panel with the bismallah and illuminated headpiece above, one panel with the signature and date, the panels probably originally concertina bound, minor staining
    Text panel 2 1/8 x 4 3/8in. (5.4 x 11.1cm.); folio 5 x 8 3/8 (12.5 x 21.3cm.) (15)


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    Muhammad Zaman al-Tabrizi, who was originally from Kirman but grew up in Tabriz, is recorded by Qadi Ahmad as a scribe of manuscripts as well as calligraphic pages. His only other recorded works are three calligraphic pages of which one is dated AH 994 (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval ve Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol.III, Tehran, 1348 sh., p. 740, and V. Minorsky, A Treatise by Qadi Ahmad Son of Mir Munshi, Calligraphers and Painters, translated by V. Minorsky, Washington, 1959, p. 166).

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