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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 333

    A NASTA'LIQ QUATRAIN

    BY 'IMAD AL-HASSANI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NASTA'LIQ QUATRAIN
    BY 'IMAD AL-HASSANI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on brown paper, 4ll. of elegant black nasta'liq within gold ruled panel, lower left hand corner signed 'Imad al-Hassani, laid down between minor borders of blue gold-speckled paper and thick gold rules, on marbled gold-speckled brown card, minor areas of discolouration
    Calligraphy 5¼ x 2½in. (13 x 6.6cm.)


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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.

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