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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 327

    A NASTA'LIQ QUATRAIN

    SIGNED 'ALIREZA AL-'ABBASI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH [10]15/1606-07 AD

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    A NASTA'LIQ QUATRAIN
    SIGNED 'ALIREZA AL-'ABBASI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH [10]15/1606-07 AD
    Persian manuscript on paper, 4ll. of black nasta'liq in clouds reserved against a ground of gold and polychrome floral illumination, final line with signature of 'Alireza al-'Abbasi and date 1[0]15, laid down between pink and gold floral margins and green and blue rules on blue card, creased, some staining and flaking
    Calligraphy 6 7/8 x 4in. (17.5 x 10.5cm.)


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    'Alireza al-'Abbasi was a well known calligrapher of the Safavid period who was put in charge of the Royal Library. He wrote in all styles and his most outstanding works are the thuluth inscriptions on monuments in Isfahan and the nasta'liq inscriptions on a gold panel over the tomb of the Imam Reza in Mashhad. His other recorded works include a small treatise and calligraphic pages in nasta'liq which are dated between AH 1000 (1591-92 AD) and AH 1022 (1613-14 AD) (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. I, Tehran, 1346 sh, pp. 456-61 and Vol. IV, 1358, p. 109).

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