• 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 77

    A POETRY ANTHOLOGY

    SIGNED NI'MATULLAH SHAHI, TIMURID IRAN, EARLY 15TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A POETRY ANTHOLOGY
    SIGNED NI'MATULLAH SHAHI, TIMURID IRAN, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
    The main text a work by Zahir Anvari, comprising the diwan of Awhad al-Din Anvari, the diwan of Kamal al-Din Isma'il Isfahani and another text by Ibn Yamin, Persian manuscript on paper, 448ff. as numbered plus 5 fly-leaves, each folio with 14ll. of black nasta'liq divided in two columns with gold and black intercolumnar divisions, further text written diagonally around the text panel within gold and black rules, each page with an illuminated triangular cartouche, titles in red nasta'liq, illuminated shamsa, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, one further richly illuminated headpiece, catchwords, with four added miniatures, each on a page with gold illuminated margins, the illumination panels with possibly added dates of Rajab 820, 821 and 820, one signed Ni'matullah Shahi, some staining, in black morocco binding
    Text panel 8 7/8 x 5 5/8in. (22.4 x 14.1cm.); folio 11¾ x 7 5/8in. (28.8 x 19.5cm.)


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    Ni'matullah Shahi is unrecorded.

    The opening shamsa is from a manuscript originally produced for the library of Ibrahim Sultan. The manuscript entered the Safavid Library of Prince Husayn (later Shah Husayn) on 14 November 1693 with his seal impression and was inspected twice in 1703 and 1715. It later entered the Library of Farhad Mirza, son of 'Abbas Mirza Na'ib al-Saltana, on 18 May 1875.

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