• 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 76

    MUHABBAT NAMA

    SIGNED SULTAN 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD AL-MASHHADI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED IN THE MIDDLE OF RABI' II AH 878/4 SEPTEMBER 1473 AD

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    MUHABBAT NAMA
    SIGNED SULTAN 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD AL-MASHHADI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED IN THE MIDDLE OF RABI' II AH 878/4 SEPTEMBER 1473 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on paper, 13ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each page with 12ll. of black nasta'liq, some words and titles in gold, blue and red, with gold dot markers, within gold and polychrome rules, illuminated shamsa, the opening folio with finely illuminated headpiece, the colophon followed by an richly illuminated cartouche, some staining, pages loose in binding, in original stamped and gilt brown morocco
    Text panel 4 3/8 x 2¼in. (11 x 5.4cm.); folio 7¾ x 4 7/8in. (19.6 x 12.6cm.)


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    Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi was born around the year 1437-38 AD. He was considered first among equals by calligraphers of the period. Qadi Ahmad in his famous treatise describes his writing as among other writings as the sun among other planets. He was active at the court of Sultan Husayn Mirza Bayqara in Herat. He died on 10 Rabi' I AH 926/2 March 1520 AD. (V. Minorsky, Calligraphers and Painters, A Treatise by Qadi Ahmad, son of Mir Munshi, Washington, 1959, pp. 101-103). His recorded works are dated between AH 849/1444-45 AD and AH 921/1515-16 (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. I, Tehran, 1345 sh., pp. 241-66).

    This work is the thrid recorded by him where his father's name is included in the signature.

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