• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 74

    JALAL AL-DIN ABU MUHAMMAD NIZAMI (D. AH 613/1217 AD): KHAMSEH

    SIGNED MIR 'ALI ILYAS AL-TABRIZI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED AH 805/1402-03 AD

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    JALAL AL-DIN ABU MUHAMMAD NIZAMI (D. AH 613/1217 AD): KHAMSEH
    SIGNED MIR 'ALI ILYAS AL-TABRIZI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED AH 805/1402-03 AD
    Persian manuscript on paper, 317ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 23ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in four columns with double gold intercolumnar rule, headings in gold within clouds in gold outlined panels, catchwords, with gold and blue or red marginal rules, opening bifolio with dense gold and polychrome illumination, four futher illuminated headpieces throughout the text, with seven contemporary miniatures in gouache heightened with gold, further spaces left for more miniatures, some folios lacking outer marginal rules, colophon of the Iskandarnama signed and dated, some waterstaining, in brown morocco with tooled central medallion and borders
    Text panel 5 5/8 x 3¼in. (14.6 x 8.4cm.); folio 7 1/8 x 4 3/8in. (18.3 x 11.6cm.)


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    The miniatures can be identified as follow:
    1. The Mi'raj of the Prophet
    2. Khusraw spying Shirin bathing
    3. Khusraw and Shirin's nuptial
    4. Majnun frees the animals caught in the hunter's trap
    5. Majnun faints at seeing Layla
    6. Alexander goes to Barda
    7. Alexander and the Chinese Princess
    8. Alexander kills the Russian army
    9. Alexander arrives at the land of Magog

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    Saleroom Notice

    The illustration for this lot has been swaped with that of lot 75. The correct image for this lot is therefore labelled 75.