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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 22

    JALAL AL-DIN RUMI (D. AH 672/1273-74 AD): MATHNAVI

    COPIED BY MUN'IM AL-DIN BIN IBRAHIM BIN MAS'UD AL-AWHADI, PROBABLY TABRIZ, DATED THE MIDDLE OF RABI' II AH 895/8 MARCH 1490 AD

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    JALAL AL-DIN RUMI (D. AH 672/1273-74 AD): MATHNAVI
    COPIED BY MUN'IM AL-DIN BIN IBRAHIM BIN MAS'UD AL-AWHADI, PROBABLY TABRIZ, DATED THE MIDDLE OF RABI' II AH 895/8 MARCH 1490 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on cream paper, 517ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each folio with 24ll. of dense black nasta'liq arranged in two main columns with double gold intercolumnar rules, each folio with an additional line of similar nasta'liq written on a diagonal on the outer edge of the text panel with a small floral spray in a triangular panel at the top and bottom, catchwords, titles in blue, gold or red, text panels between gold and blue rules, opening bifolio with preface with bold gold nasta'liq in clouds reserved against pink hatched ground, the following bifolio with very fine illumination framing 8ll. of black nasta'liq in clouds reserved against gold ground, with five similar but smaller illuminated headpieces within the text and another folio with four panels of illumination, colophon signed Mun'im al-Din bin Ibrahim bin Mas'ud al-Awhadi and dated the middle of Rabi' II 895, in possibly original brown morocco binding with stamped central medallion and spandrels and faded gilt highlights, the doublures with elegant découpé medallion and spandrels on blue ground
    Text panel 5 3/8 x 3¼in. (13.8 x 8.3cm.); folio 8 x 5¼in. (20.5 x 13.4cm.)


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    Mun'im al-Din was an obscure but prolific scribe whose recorded work is dated between AH 894-924/1488-1518 AD (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Athar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran 1348 sh., pp. 921-2). The earliest recorded work by Mun'im al-Din was sold in these Rooms, 23 April 2002, lot 60.

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