• 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 221

    MUHYI AL-DIN LARI (D. AH 933/1526-7 AD): KITAB FUTUH AL-HARAMAYN AND ANOTHER TEXT

    SIGNED GHULAM 'ALI, MECCA, DATED AH (9)65/1557-58 AD

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    MUHYI AL-DIN LARI (D. AH 933/1526-7 AD): KITAB FUTUH AL-HARAMAYN AND ANOTHER TEXT
    SIGNED GHULAM 'ALI, MECCA, DATED AH (9)65/1557-58 AD
    Including the Futuh al-Haramayn, a traveller's versified account of the Hajj and the Haramayn and another text in prose on the Holy Places, Persian manuscript on paper, 43ff. plus 11ff. added at end from another text, 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 15ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in two columns with double intercolumnar division, titles in red, the text within gold and black rules, some cartouches with text written on the diagonal between small illuminated panels, catchwords, later illuminated headpiece, with 19 diagrammatic miniatures in gouache heightened with gold, depicting and labelling the various sites associated with the Hajj, the colophon stating that the manuscript was finished in Muharram in Mecca, one extra folio is inserted in the middle of the text depicting the Dome of the Rock with explanation as to where and how far it is from Mecca, repairs, staining, in later stamped brown morocco
    Text panel 5 5/8 x 2½in. (14.2 x 6.2cm.); folio 8¼ x 4¾in. (20.8 x 12.4cm.)


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    Another copy of the Futuh al-Haramayn, also copied by Ghulam 'Ali, and dated circa 1585, is in the Chester Beatty Library (cat. no. 249).

    The second text in this manuscript is in prose and also deals with Holy Places. In particular it discusses the Kaaba and the various constructions and additions up to the time of the Ottoman Sultan Selim II (AH 982/1574 AD - the last year of his reign). The section was also copied in Mecca on 30 Jumada II although it gives neither the year nor the date of the scribe.

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