• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 87

    ALBUM OF CALLIGRAPHY

    SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

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    ALBUM OF CALLIGRAPHY
    SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on paper, 16ff., fifteen calligraphic panels in either nasta'liq, shikasteh or thuluth, one folio with illuminated shamsa, each laid down on coloured card, one folio with a small drawing of a meandering dragon in foliage, the panels on coloured, marbled, gold or silver-speckled paper, some with later painted birds, most of the panels signed, concertina bound, the lacquer boards with a dragon facing a phoenix, some staining
    Largest text panel 9½ x 5½in. (24.2 x 14.2cm.); folio 13 7/8 x 8 5/8 (35.2 x 21.8cm.)


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    The names of the calligraphy include those of: 'Imad al-Hassani (2 panels), 'Ala al-Din (?) Faridun, Muhammad Husayn, 'Abdullah Mishkin Qalam, 'Abd al-Rahim al-Harawi, 'Ali (2), 'Ali bin Muhammad 'Ali, Kamal bin 'Abd al-Haqq al-Sabzwari, the last panel signed AH 940/1533 AD. A number of these however are later additions.

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