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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 373

    KASIDE-I ELFIYE

    SIGNED 'ABDALLAH AL-ZUHDI, OTTOMAN TURKEY OR EGYPT, 19TH CENTURY

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    KASIDE-I ELFIYE
    SIGNED 'ABDALLAH AL-ZUHDI, OTTOMAN TURKEY OR EGYPT, 19TH CENTURY
    Poetry in praise of the Prophet, Arabic manuscript on buff paper, 5ff. each with 2ll. of large black thuluth flanking 2ll. of smaller black naskh, all arranged within panels outlined with gold rules, gold medallions between different verses, opening folio with two panels of floral illumination on either side of the naskh, laid down between variously coloured card with green leather trim, final folio signed 'Abdallah al-Zuhdi, in red morocco with gilt floral sprays in the centre and corners and gilt borders, the doublures of marbled paper
    Folio 7¼ x 10 3/8in. (18.2 x 26.5cm.); text panel 4¾ x 8¼in. (12 x 20.9cm.)


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    The author of the Kaside-i Elfiye is not known but the text was a favorite amongst master calligraphers such as the great Muhammad Shawqi (Sevki) Effendi (d. 1887). Every line starts by indicating one Arabic letter, beginning with the alif and ending with the ya'.

    'Abd Allah al-Zuhdi Effendi was a master Ottoman calligrapher, painter and illuminator who is thought to have been born in Damascus, Syria. He emigrated with his family to Istanbul. He was an outstanding student of the great calligrapher 'Kadiasker' Mustafa Izzet Effendi (d. 1876) and was chosen by Ottoman Sultan Abdlumecid to do the calligraphy for the inscriptions for the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. He remained in Medina for some seven years, after which he left to work in Egypt, where he died in 1879.

    Al-Zuhdi's illumination skills are discussed in Nabil F. Safwat, 'The Calligrapher-Illuminator: The Hybrid Vigor' in Sifting Sands, Reading Signs, Studies in Honour of Professor Geza Fehervari, London 2006, pp. 37-43.

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