• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 199

    ABU ISMA'IL 'ABDULLAH AL-ANSARI AL-HARAWI (D. AH 481/1089 AD): MUNAJATNAMA

    SIGNED MAHMUD BIN ISHAQ AL-SHIHABI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 981/1573-74 AD

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    ABU ISMA'IL 'ABDULLAH AL-ANSARI AL-HARAWI (D. AH 481/1089 AD): MUNAJATNAMA
    SIGNED MAHMUD BIN ISHAQ AL-SHIHABI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 981/1573-74 AD
    Persian manuscript on gold speckled paper, 19ff. plus one fly-leaf, each folio with 8ll. of black nasta'liq, gold roundel markers, gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, text panels framed by coloured borders within gold and polychrome rules, laid down between gold sprinkled margins of various colours, opening bifolio with two miniatures, last folio with possibly added miniature, colophon signed and dated, wormholing, repairs, in painted and stamped black morocco
    Text panel 5¾ x 3 3/8in. (15 x 8.3in.); folio 9 3/8 x 6in. (23.8 x 15.4cm.)


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    Mahmud son of Ishaq Shihabi is recorded as having been taken to Bukhara as a young boy together with his father who was the Mayor of Herat when 'Ubayd Khan conquered it in AH 935/1528-9 AD. He was taught by Mir 'Ali and later moved to Balkh, where he died (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. 3, Teheran, 1348 sh., pp. 876-880; V. Minorsky, Calligraphers and Painters, Washington, 1959, pp. 131-2)

    The miniatures, two from the Yusuf and Zulaykha of Jami, are:

    1. Zulaykha's lady attendants cut their fingers when Yusuf walks in
    2. Zulaykha stops Yusuf on the road
    3. A ruler entertaining (on the last folio)

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