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    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 38

    AN ILLUSTRATED WORK ON THE LIFE OF IMAM 'ALI

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD QULI MULLAH KUCHAK BIN MUHAMMAD HUSAYN, QAJAR IRAN, DATED FRIDAY 21 SAFAR AH 1224/7 APRIL 1809 AD

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    AN ILLUSTRATED WORK ON THE LIFE OF IMAM 'ALI
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD QULI MULLAH KUCHAK BIN MUHAMMAD HUSAYN, QAJAR IRAN, DATED FRIDAY 21 SAFAR AH 1224/7 APRIL 1809 AD
    Persian manuscript on paper, 119ff. plus one fly-leaf, each with 21ll. of black nasta'liq script, red and blue ruled margins, opening bifolium with gold clouds between the lines of text and illuminated heading, 19 gold and polychrome illustrations mostly depicting battle scenes with Imam 'Ali with his sword dhu al-fiqar, dated colophon on final folio with gold illuminated clouds, gold lacquer binding with floral medallion and borders red lacquer doublures with central narcissus
    Text 9 ¼ x 4 ¾in. (23.5 x 12cm.); folio 11 ¾ x 7 3/8in (30 x 18.7cm.)


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    Inscribed at bottom of final folio: 'Ce livre contienne 436 page, et 20 image, et appartien a M. mirza hassan zindjani. et che les autr person est volle' (sic)

    This work is possibly a version of the Jala al-'Uyun of Muhammad Baqir bin Muhammad Taqi Majlisi (d. 1699 AD), largely concerned with the battles and exploits of the Prophet's son-in-law 'Ali.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, 10 October 1988, lot 224