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    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    20 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 82

    BOOK OF ZIYARAT

    SIGNED UMM SALAMA, DAUGHTER OF FATH 'ALI SHAH, QAJAR IRAN, 19TH CENTURY

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    BOOK OF ZIYARAT
    SIGNED UMM SALAMA, DAUGHTER OF FATH 'ALI SHAH, QAJAR IRAN, 19TH CENTURY
    Prayers to be recited for the various Shi'a imams on certain days of the week, Arabic manuscript on orange paper, 60ff., four fly-leaves, each folio with 7ll. of strong black naskh in gold outlined clouds, text panels with gold and white rules and laid down on wide blue margins with gold floral illumination, red outer rules, opening folio with medallions of strong white, gold and blue thuluth surmounting the text, later owner's notes on first folio, in cloth covered binding with paper doublures
    Text panel 5¼ x 3¼in (13.2 x 8.2cm.); folio 8 x 5½in. (20.5 x 14.2cm.)


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    Umm Salama was the daughter of Fath'Ali Shah and the Georgian Ziba Chihr Khanum. She was married to her cousin, Zayn al-'Abidin Khan, who was the son of the Shah's brother Husayn Quli Khan. She copied this manuscript for her brother Muhammad Vali Mirza, the Shah's third son. Recorded works copied by Umm Salama include various album pages dated between AH 1240/1824-25 AD and AH 1295/1878-79 AD, an undated Qur'an in the Gulistan Palace Library, another copy of Ta'qibat dated Ramadan AH 1245/1829-30 AD in the Gulistan Palace Library, prayers for the morning dated Sha'ban AH 1238/April-May 1823 AD also in Gulistan Palace Library, and a copy of the Du'a-ye Kamil dated Ramadan AH 1205/May-June 1791 AD (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Tehran, 1346 sh.,pp.1049-50). Another manuscript copied by her sold at Sotheby's, London, 9 April 2014, lot 62.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    A MANUSCRIPT COPIED BY UMM SALAMA, DAUGHTER OF FATH 'ALI SHAH, FOR HER BROTHER MUHAMMAD VALI MIRZA