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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 206

    A SELECTION OF QUATRAINS

    ATTRIBUTED TO MIR 'IMAD AL-HASANI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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    A SELECTION OF QUATRAINS
    ATTRIBUTED TO MIR 'IMAD AL-HASANI, SAFAVID IRAN, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on gold speckled paper, 14 sides, each with 2ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in two columns with double gold intercolumnar rule, laid down between gold and polychrome margins onto thick orange outer borders with leather trim, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, last side signed Muhammad Assad al-Yasari, some staining mostly confined to the borders, in brown morocco with gold stamped edges and maroon doublures
    Text panel 2 3/8 x 5¼in. (6 x 13.5cm.); folio 4¾ x 8 7/8in. (12 x 22.5cm.)


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    This manuscript is authenticated by Muhammad Assad al-Yasari, a well known 18th century Ottoman scribe, as being the work of Mir 'Imad al-Hasani.

    'Imad al-Mulk Muhammad ibn Husayn al-Safi al-Hasani is known for his mastery of nasta'liq and for his prolific output. He was born circa AH 958/1551-52 AD in Qazvin, then the capital of Iran, and entered the atelier of 'Abbas II. He was killed in AH 1024/1615-16 AD as a result of court intrigue, but left behind an immense volume of work. The nasta'liq hand in the present manuscript is very good, making the attribution totally credible.

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