• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 184

    GHIYATH AL-DIN IBN HUMAM AL-DIN KNOWN AS KHWAND AMIR (D. AH 927/1521 AD): KHULASAT AL-AKHBAR FI BAYAN AHWAL AL-AKHYAR

    SIGNED AMIR KA' BIN MULLA ZADEH, IRAN, DATED RAJAB AH 933/APRIL 1527 AD

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    GHIYATH AL-DIN IBN HUMAM AL-DIN KNOWN AS KHWAND AMIR (D. AH 927/1521 AD): KHULASAT AL-AKHBAR FI BAYAN AHWAL AL-AKHYAR
    SIGNED AMIR KA' BIN MULLA ZADEH, IRAN, DATED RAJAB AH 933/APRIL 1527 AD
    A history of prophets and rulers from Adam up to the year AH 905/1499-1500, Persian manuscript on paper, 537ff. plus 29 fly-leaves, each folio with 19ll. of black nasta'liq, with gold and polychrome illuminated shamsa, the opening bifolio with illuminated headpiece and text within cloudbands over cross-hatched ground, with floral illuminated margins, each folio with gold and polychrome rules, titles and important words picked out in red nasta'liq, catchwords, one large probably added contemporary miniature depicting Sulayman and his court with the jinns, the birds and the animals, later added table of contents, marginal notes, later owner's seal impression, slightly trimmed, first folio with repairs, miniature worn, in modern gilt brown morocco binding
    Text panel 9 1/8 x 5½in. (23 x 13.8cm.); folio 13 7/8 x 7¾in. (30.3 x 20cm.)


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    The dedication panel on the opening page reads : be-rasm-e ketabkhana-ye al-sultan al-a'zam muzaffar al-din bin sultan muhammad bahador khallad allah ta'ala [mulkuhu?] (For the library of the most great Sultan Muzaffar al-Din son of Sultan Muhammad Bahadur, may Mighty God make his [kingdom] eternal).

    The patron is not identified. There is a Timurid Prince with the name Sultan Muhammad Bahadur (son of Baysunqur) who ruled Isfahan up to his death in AH 855/1440-41 AD when he died.

    The scribe Amir Ka' bin Mulla Zadeh Mathnavi-khwan (The Mathnavi reciter) is not recorded.

    The manuscript bears the seal of a European Charles Bodam (?) dated AH 1200 (November 1785 AD)

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