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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 322

    A COLLECTION OF COMPOSITIONS

    COPIED BY IKHTIYAR AL-MUNSHI, HERAT, AFGANISTAN, DATED RABI' AL-THANI AH [9]14/AUGUST 1508 AD

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    A COLLECTION OF COMPOSITIONS
    COPIED BY IKHTIYAR AL-MUNSHI, HERAT, AFGANISTAN, DATED RABI' AL-THANI AH [9]14/AUGUST 1508 AD
    Persian manuscript on paper, 12ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each with 4ll. of elegant blue, red, gold and black shikasteh ta'liq arranged with double rules between each line, gold and polychrome rules and double black outer rules, colophon signed al-Munshi and dated Rabi' al-Thani [9]14, waterstaining and spotting, in worn brown morocco
    Folio 7¼ x 4¾in. (18 x 12.2cm.); text panel 5 1/8 x 3 1/8in. (12.7 x 8cm.)


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    Khwaja Ikhtiyar al-Munshi is the most famous calligrapher of the style known as shikasteh ta'liq. He was a native of Herat and for 30 years he composed the correspondances of Sultan Khudabanda, son of Shah Tahmasp, who was the Governor of Khorassan (Qazi Mir Ahmad Munshi Qomi, Golestan-e Honar, ed. A. Soheyli-Khwansari, Tehran 1352, p. 49 and V. Minorsky, Calligraphers and Painters, A Treatise by Qadi Ahmed son of Mir-Munshi, Washington 1959, p. 91). This manuscript pre-dates his services at the court of the Prince.

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