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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    A TIMURID CALLIGRAPHIC FOLIO

    SIGNED 'ABDULLAH AL-HARAWI, TIMURID HERAT, DATED AH 867/1462-63 AD

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    A TIMURID CALLIGRAPHIC FOLIO
    SIGNED 'ABDULLAH AL-HARAWI, TIMURID HERAT, DATED AH 867/1462-63 AD
    Persian manuscript on buff paper, the main panel with 6ll. of black naskh, within black and gold rules, with the titulature of Sultan Abu Sa'id Gurgan, his name in gold outlined in black, two smaller panels below, one with signed and dated, laid down on card, creasing and staining
    Calligraphy 7 3/8 x 10in. (18.8 x 25.4cm.)


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    This folio is part of a colophon indicating that [the text] was copied during the reign of the Timurid ruler Abu al-Fath Sultan Abu Sa'id (r. AH 855-73/1451-69 AD) by 'Abd Allah al-Harawi in Herat in AH 867/1462-3 AD. This scribe, known as Tabbakh, was one of the most famous scribes of 15th century Herat who wrote in all calligraphic styles and designed inscriptions for buildings in Herat and Mashhad. His signed pieces are written in Herat and Samarqand between AH 833/1429-30 AD and AH 867 1462-63 AD.

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