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    Sale 12241

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    20 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    DIWAN OF SA'DI AND HAFIZ

    SIGNED IBN ABU AL-MAKARIM 'ABD AL-WAHHAB AL-HIJAZI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED 1 RAJAB AH 995/7 JUNE 1587 AD

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    DIWAN OF SA'DI AND HAFIZ
    SIGNED IBN ABU AL-MAKARIM 'ABD AL-WAHHAB AL-HIJAZI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED 1 RAJAB AH 995/7 JUNE 1587 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on paper, 421ff., five fly-leaves, each folio with 14ll. of black nasta'liq sometimes arranged in two columns, important words and phrases picked out in red, blue and gold, text panels outlined in gold, blue and black, black outer rules, catchwords, opening folio with illuminated headpiece and heading, with 11 contemporaneous illustrations in opaque pigments heightened with gold, some repairs, in brown morocco with central stamped figural medallions and floral spandrels, the doublures plain
    Text panel 6½ x 3 1/8in. (16.4 x 8cm.); folio 9 3/8 x 5 7/8in. (24 x 15cm.)


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    This text comprises the Kulliyat of Sa'di interspersed with the Diwan of Hafiz. The manuscript starts with a ghazal of Hafiz before switching to the Bustan. Thereafter the Bustan and the Gulistan and the rest of Sa'di's work are interspersed with poems from the Diwan of Hafiz. Recorded works copied by the same scribe include a Khamsa of Mir 'Ali Shir Nava'i dated the middle of Rajab AH 987/August-September 1579 AD in the Gulistan Palace Library, and a copy of the Khamsa of Nizami dated Dhu'l-Qa'da AH 992/November-December 1584 AD (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Tehran 1346 sh.,p.418)

    The paintings in this manuscript include:

    1. The messenger of the King of Yemen falls at the feet of Hatim (Bustan)
    2. The dervish of Faryab crosses the river on his prayer mat (Bustan)
    3. Entertainment in a garden (Diwan of Hafiz)
    4. A hunting scene (Diwan of Hafiz)
    5. The poorly-clad doctor of the law (faqih) in the court of the proud judge (qadi) (Bustan)
    6. The devotee of Tabriz who helped the thief onto the roof of his own house (Bustan)
    7. The story of a generous youth and a sultan and the dervish who saves him from execution (Bustan)
    8. The infatuated beggar's son watches the sultan play polo (Bustan)
    9. The dervish of Damascus who was favoured by a king (Gulistan)
    10. A polo match (Diwan of Hafiz)

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