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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 32

    A WORK ON THE COMPANIONS OF THE PROPHET AND IMAM 'ALI

    SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1065/1654-55 AD

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    A WORK ON THE COMPANIONS OF THE PROPHET AND IMAM 'ALI
    SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1065/1654-55 AD
    Possibly titled Risala mu'jam al-'abbasi, Persian manuscript on paper, 82ff. plus two fly-leaves, each with 15ll. black nasta'liq script, gold margins between black rules with red and blue outer rules, headings and some words in gold or silver thuluth script, occasional other headings in red nasta'liq script, opening folio with later Qajar illuminated heading panel, eight 17th century provincial illustrations to the text in gouache heightened with gold, in later Qajar margins, dated colophon on final folio, black morocco binding with gold stamped medallion and pendants, marbled paper covered doublures
    Text 6 ¾ x 3 ¼in. (17.2 x 8.2cm.); folio 10 x 5 ¾in. (25.3 x 14.5cm.)


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    This work appears to have 17 chapters, each on a figure of early Islam. Most are companions of the Prophet and Imam 'Ali. The index lists Salman, Mu'adh bin Jabal, Bilal, Abu 'Ubayda, Mir Sayyaf, Salim, Malik Ashtar, Musa'id, Jabir Ansari, Qanbar and Suhayl. Other names are not amongst the Prophet's companions but appear in the index, such as Dhu al-Nun al-Misri who was a 9th century Egyptian mystic.

    The colophon mentions the name of Khan Azim al-Shan, possibly the patron of this manuscript.

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    Provenance

    The Hagop Kevorkian Collection (1074); acquired Sotheby's, London