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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 335

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

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD HUSAYN, SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    ABU ISMA'IL 'ABDULLAH AL-ANSARI AL-HARAWI (D. AH 481/1089 AD): MAQALAT
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD HUSAYN, SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on variously coloured, gold-sprinkled paper, 8ff. each with 6ll. of black nasta'liq with important words and phrases picked out in white or red, text panels laid down betwen gold and polychrome rules on different coloured, gold-sprinkled paper, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, colophon similarly decorated and with cartouche containing the name of Muhammad Husayn, small areas of staining, and scuffing on the inner margins, in tan morocco with central gilt stamped medallion, green morocco doublures
    Folio 9 x 5½in. (22.7 x 14cm.); text panel 5½ x 3¼in. (13.5 x 8cm.)


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    This manuscript was in the Mughal Royal Libraries of Shah 'Alam and Ahmad Shah whose officials left their seal impressions. It entered the Qajar Royal Library in AH 1240/1825 AD. The gold sprinkling of the borders was done after it left the Mughal Library.

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