• 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 189

    AN ABRIDGED VERSION OF SA'DI'S BUSTAN

    SIGNED MAHMUD BIN SULTAN 'ALI AL-MASHHADI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED RAJAB AH 956/JULY-AUGUST 1549

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    AN ABRIDGED VERSION OF SA'DI'S BUSTAN
    SIGNED MAHMUD BIN SULTAN 'ALI AL-MASHHADI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED RAJAB AH 956/JULY-AUGUST 1549
    Persian manuscript on gold speckled paper, 17ff., each with 11ll. of tiny black nasta'liq divided in two columns with double gold intercolumnar division, with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, titles in white nasta'liq over gold ground within illuminated cartouches, text panel within gold and polychrome rules, with variously coloured paper borders, catchwords, colophon signed and dated, later owners' notes and seals' impressions, some soiling, loose in binding, in later stamped red morocco
    Text panel 4¾ x 2 3/8in. (12.3 x 6.2cm.); folio 8 1/8 x 4½in. (20.6 x 11.5cm.)


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    Mahmud bin Sultan 'Ali is recorded by Bayani as a scribe of the 16th century. Two other works by him are recorded, one copied in Balkh in AH 958/1551 AD) and another dated AH 967/1559-60 AD (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. III, Teheran, 1348 sh., p. 875).

    Of all the purchase notes on the opening page, the earliest one is a note indicating that the manuscript was purchased in Mashhad around the middle of Shawwal AH 1142 (early May 1730 AD).

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