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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 331

    AN ARABIC GRAMMAR

    COPIED BY SULTAN 'ALI MASHHADI, DATED AH 923/1517-18 AD

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    AN ARABIC GRAMMAR
    COPIED BY SULTAN 'ALI MASHHADI, DATED AH 923/1517-18 AD
    On grammar, Arabic manuscript on cream paper, 42ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each 9ff. of elegant black nasta'liq, catchwords, important words and phrases picked out in gold or blue, laid down between gold and blue rules, opening headpiece with the bismallah in blue naskh, a few marginal notes at the beginning, colophon signed Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi bi Dar al-Sultaniyya Herat and dated 923, some waterstaining mainly restricted to the margins, some folios loose in binding, in later purple velvet binding with gilt stamped central medallion and spandrels
    Folio 9 5/8 x 6in. (24.5 x 15cm.); text panel 6½ x 3 3/8in. (16.5 x 8.5cm.)


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    Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi was a well-known scribe who worked at the court of Husayn Mirza Bayqara in Herat. Following the invasion of Herat by the Uzbeks, he returned to his hometown Mashhad where he died in AH 926 (1519-20 AD). His numerous recorded works include inscriptions in Herat and are dated between AH 849 (1444-45 AD) and AH 921 (1515-16 AD). The present manuscript is important in that it is the latest recorded work copied by Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi and demonstrates that he was still in Herat three years before his death (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh Nevisan, Vol. I, Tehran, 1345 sh, pp. 241-66). Please see also the previous two lots.

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