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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 235

    MIR 'IMAD AL-HASANI (ATTR. TO): RISALA ADAB AL-MASHQ

    COPIED BY MAHMUD BIN MIRZA NASRULLLAH MUSTAWFI, QAJAR IRAN, DATED AH 1275/1858-9 AD

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    MIR 'IMAD AL-HASANI (ATTR. TO): RISALA ADAB AL-MASHQ
    COPIED BY MAHMUD BIN MIRZA NASRULLLAH MUSTAWFI, QAJAR IRAN, DATED AH 1275/1858-9 AD
    A treatise on calligraphy, Persian manuscript on gold speckled cream paper, 24ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each with 7ll. of black nasta'liq, laid down between polychrome rules on cream paper with gold outer rules, catchwords, important words and phrases picked out in gold or pink, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, and first and last two folios with text in clouds reserved against gold and margins with gold floral illumination, colophon signed Mahmoud b. Mirza Nasrallah and dated AH 1275, minor areas of localised staining, red morocco binding with gold floral decoration
    Text panel 5 7/8 x 3in. (14.8 x 7.4cm.); folio 8¾ x 5 3/8in. (22.3 x 13.8cm.)


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    Mahmud ibn Mirza Nasrullah Mustawfi was a Shirazi nasta'liq scribe working as a chancellery scribe in Tabriz. His only recorded work is a ziyarat-nama dated 1297 (AD 1879-80) in the shrine of Sayyid Hamza in Tabriz (Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. III, Teheran, 1348 sh., pp. 889-900.

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