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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 161

    A SUFI SCROLL FROM THE KHALWATI ORDER

    TURKEY, DATED AH 15 RABI' AL-AWWAL 1257/7 MAY 1841 AD

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    A SUFI SCROLL FROM THE KHALWATI ORDER
    TURKEY, DATED AH 15 RABI' AL-AWWAL 1257/7 MAY 1841 AD
    On sufi practices, Arabic manuscript on paper laid down on green silk, 26ll. of black nasta'liq, gold interlines within black rules, within gold frame and illuminated margins in gold, illuminated panels with cusped medallions and floral arabesque in gold and polychrome above and below the text, the headpiece within a frame of interlace surmounted by a gilt decoration in a spearhead-shaped medallion, backed with gilt leather at the top, dated in the last line and signed by Shaykh Sayyid Hasan Takkuri Khalwati, minor creases and stains, minor worming
    40¾ x 13½in. (103.5 x 35cm.)


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    The Khalwati order is said to have been found by Pir Umar Khalwati in the 14th century in Herat. The tariqa was probably introduced later to Anatolia in the early 15th century by Muhammad Shams al-Din (d. 1439), know as Amir Sultan, who migrated from Bukhara to Bursa. The Khalwati sufi order further became one of the most prominent tariqas of the Ottoman empire.

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