• 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 109

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


    Price Realised  


    AMIR SHAHI (D. AH 857/1453 AD): DIWAN
    Persian manuscript on paper, 52ff. plus five fly-leaves, each folio with 11ll. of black nasta'liq organized in two columns with double gold and black intercolumnar divisions, opening folio with finely illuminated headpiece and title in white nasta'liq on gold floral ground, headings in gold or white nasta'liq over gold or plain ground within illuminated cartouches, text panel within gold and blue ruled frame, catchwords, last two folios on brown paper, colophon signed, in gilt lacquer covers and gilt and stamped cream morocco doublures, later owners' notes at beginning, generally very clean copy, binding scuffed
    Text panel 5 5/8 x 3 3/8in. (14.7 x 8.6cm.); folio 9 1/8 x 5 7/8in. (23.2 x 15.3cm.)

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    The scribe 'Abdullah who copied this manuscript may be the same scribe as 'Abdullah bin Murshid al-Din Shirazi who copied another copy of Amir Shahi's Divan, now in the National Library in Tehran. He was called from Shiraz by Shah Tahmasp and made his private scribe. He died in Qazvin in 982 (AD 1574-5) (Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. 2, Teheran, 1346 sh., pp. 356-7).

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