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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 35

    A CALLIGRAPHIC QUATRAIN

    SIGNED 'IMAD AL-HASSANI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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    A CALLIGRAPHIC QUATRAIN
    SIGNED 'IMAD AL-HASSANI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on paper, with 4ll. of black nasta'liq on marbled paper, the gold ground painted on top, within gold and polychrome rules, laid down on card, the margins with fine gold floral arabesques, slight damages, waterstaining
    Calligraphy 6 x 3 3/8in. (15.3 x 8.5cm.)


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    Mir 'Imad was born around the year AH 961/1553-4 AD in Qazwin, the capital of Safavid Iran. He moved to Tabriz where he was apprenticed to the master Muhammad Husayn Tabrizi, moving back to the capital on completion of his studies in AH 981/1573-4 AD. He became an itinerant craftsman, as was the custom among his profession, accepting commissions as he moved from one town to the next. Later in life he set out for the hajj and remained in the region for several years, working in Aleppo before returning to Iran in 1005/1596-7. His great rival as court calligrapher, 'Ali Reza-i Abassi, gradually replaced him in the Shah's favour and, in the increasingly extreme Shi'ite environment of the court of Shah 'Abbas, he was accused of Sufism and Sunnism. He was murdered in AH 1024/1615 AD by an agent of the Shah.

    For another work by 'Imad al-Hassani, please see lot 170.

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