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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 118

    FAYZI: POETRY (AH 890/1485-6 AD)


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    FAYZI: POETRY (AH 890/1485-6 AD)
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on gold speckled paper, 7ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each folio with 5ll. of elegant black nasta'liq arranged in two columns with mirrored alternating horizontal and diagonal panels divided by double interlinear and intercolumnar rules, between gold and black rules on cream paper with larger gold specks, space left for opening illumination, colophon signed Ibn Sultan 'Ali 'Ali Sultan, and gives the date of composition in abjad as AH 890 (1485-6 AD), in marbled card binding
    Text panel 4¼ x 2 5/8in. (10.7 x 6.7cm.); folio 6 x 4 3/8in. (15.3 x 11cm.)

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    There is an 'Ali Sultan recorded as a pupil of 'Abd al-Rahim Khwarazmi (d. circa AH 892/1486-87 AD), a scribe at the court of the Aqquyunlu ruler Sultan Ya'qub. He moved to the court of the Ottoman Sultan Sulayman the Magnificent who was a patron of artists and calligraphers. No other work by him however is recorded Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, Vol. II, Teheran, 1346 sh., p. 468).

    The text of the manuscript is perhaps the work of a poet named Fayzi and ends with a date of the composition in the abjad, AH 890/1485-86 AD.

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    Sotheby's London, 28 April 1981, lot 318