• 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 94

    KHWAJA SHAMS AL-DIN HAFIZ SHIRAZI (1320-90 AD): DIWAN

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD MA'SUM AL-HARAWI, ISFAHAN, IRAN, DATED RABI' I AH 1013/JULY-AUGUST 1604 AD

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    KHWAJA SHAMS AL-DIN HAFIZ SHIRAZI (1320-90 AD): DIWAN
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD MA'SUM AL-HARAWI, ISFAHAN, IRAN, DATED RABI' I AH 1013/JULY-AUGUST 1604 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript in verse on gold speckled paper, 139ff. as numbered plus 3 fly-leaves, each folio with 15ll. of black nasta'liq organized in two columns with black and gold intercolumnar divisions, titles in gold within separate panels, within gold and polychrome borders, the first folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, some pages with pink margins, in Ottoman gilt brown morocco with flap, green paper doublures, front cover separate
    Text panel 5¼ x 2¾in. (13.4 x 7cm.); folio 7 5/8 x 4 7/8in. (19.3 x 12.4cm.)


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    The scribe, Muhammad Ma'sum al-Harawi, is only recorded by a Shahnama in the Chester Beatty Library, dated circa 1575 (Arberry, A.J. (ed.), The Chester Beatty Library. A Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts and Miniatures, Dublin, 1962, catalogue no. 295).

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