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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 42

    AMIR SHAHI (D. AH 857/1453-54 AD): DIWAN

    COPIED BY MAHMUD BIN ISHAQ AL-SHAHABI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 960/1552-53 AD

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    AMIR SHAHI (D. AH 857/1453-54 AD): DIWAN
    COPIED BY MAHMUD BIN ISHAQ AL-SHAHABI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 960/1552-53 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on paper, 46ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each folio with 12ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in two columns, including spaces left for headings, with double gold and blue intercolumnar rule, text panels outlined in gold, blue and green, catchwords, folios laid down between variously coloured borders with gold sprinkling or illumination, opening folio with fine gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, the following folio with illuminated frame surrounding text, colophon signed Mahmud bin Ishaq al-Shahabi and dated during the course of the year 960, later owner's stamps and notes on the reverse of the final folio, some staining, first folio loose in binding, in possibly contemporary binding with découpé central panels and borders on blue, gilt stamped doublures with central rectangular panel and gilt borders
    Text panel 5¾ x 2 5/8in. (13.4 x 6.8cm.); folio 9 3/8 x 5¾in. (23.6 x 14.5cm.)


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    Mahmud bin Ishaq is a famous calligrapher of the 16th century. He is mentioned in many literary sources as a great master of nasta'liq. For an account of his life see V. Minorsky (tr.), Calligraphers and Painters, Washington, 1959, p. 131.

    According to two notes, the manuscript was in the royal Mughal Library in the 18th century and was used as a prototype for another copy of the text.

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