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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 30

    ANTHOLOGY INCLUDING THE MUFRADAT OF NASTA'LIQ

    COPIED BY MALIK AL-DAYLAMI FOR HAFIZ HUSAYN AL-BABA FARAJI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED THE FIRST DAY OF AH 956/30 JANUARY 1549 AD

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    ANTHOLOGY INCLUDING THE MUFRADAT OF NASTA'LIQ
    COPIED BY MALIK AL-DAYLAMI FOR HAFIZ HUSAYN AL-BABA FARAJI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED THE FIRST DAY OF AH 956/30 JANUARY 1549 AD
    Treatise on calligraphy, Persian manuscript on gold sprinkled paper, 8ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each folio with 6ll. of elegant black nasta'liq, headings picked out in gold naskh, text panels between green, orange, black and blue rules on gold speckled margins, opening folio and one subsequent folio with incomplete illumination in pencil, five pages with similar smaller panels of pencil illumination, colophon signed Malik al-Daylami and noting that the manuscript was copied for Hafiz Husayn al-Baba Faraji on the first day of 956, folios loose in binding, first folio trimmed, some staining particularly in the margins, in card binding with opening board lacking
    Text panel 6 1/8 x 3in. (15.1 x 7.8cm.); folio 9 7/8 x 6¼in. (25 x 15.8cm.)


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    Malik Daylami (AH 924-969/1518-62 AD) was a famous nasta'liq scribe who originially worked at the library of the Safavid Prince Sultan Ibrahim Mirza in Mashhad but was called by Shah Tahmasp to Qazvin to write the inscriptions of the Chehel Sutun. He then remained at his court until his death. The famous Shah Tahmasp album in the Topkapi was produced under his supervision (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran, 1348 sh., pp. 598-609). His previously recorded works are dated between AH 949 (1542-43 AD) and AH 969 (1561-62 AD).

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