• 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 170

    AL-SHARIF AL-MURTADA (D. AH 436/1044 AD): NAHJ AL-BALAGHA

    ANATOLIA OR IRAQ, 11TH

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    AL-SHARIF AL-MURTADA (D. AH 436/1044 AD): NAHJ AL-BALAGHA
    ANATOLIA OR IRAQ, 11TH
    An early copy of The Peak of Eloquence, a collection of poems and other writings attributed to 'Ali bin Abi Talib, the son-in-law of the Prophet, Arabic manuscript on paper, 199ff. as numbered plus 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 15-18ll. of early sepia naskh, occasional words and titles in red, titles otherwise in larger naskh, text incomplete, ownership inscription on the first page giving the name of Awhad bin Abu al-Fadl and dated AH 500/1106-07 AD, areas of waterstaining and repairs affecting the upper margins, in later brown morocco with stamped central medallion with recent repairs
    Folio 9½ x 7in. (24.8 x 17.5cm.)


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    A note on the first page indicates that this work was compiled by Abu al-Hassan bin al-Husayn bin Musa al-Musawi known as Al-Murtada. A later copy of this work is in the Chester Beatty Library (Arthur J. Arberry, The Chester Beatty Library, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts, Dublin, 1964, Vol.II, no.5451).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from The Library of the late Djafar Ghazi

    The following section, (lots 170-212) represents the fourth and last installment offered in these Rooms of the library of manuscripts and calligraphy assembled by the Late Djafar Ghazi. Mr Ghazi was a focused collector who quietly amassed one of the finest collections of manuscripts and calligraphy to appear on the market. It is a collection whose importance and discerning eye it takes considerable time fully to appreciate. It was put together with great knowledge of the languages and literary traditions of the region. Relatively unassuming at first glance, but careful reading reveals them to be incredibly important, and for completely different reasons. The concentration on calligraphy by the most celebrated masters of the Timurid, Safavid and Ottoman courts is spectacular, a wonderful demonstration of the calligrapher's art. This is however combined with a broad cross section of earlier academic texts each of which has something - be it a subject, a calligrapher, an author or a historical context - which is surprising, enlightening or more often, both.

    A further extensive group of manuscripts and calligraphy from the Library of the lafe Djafar Ghazi is included at Christie's South Kensington on Friday 16th April.