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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 199

    NASHWAN BIN SA'ID BIN ABI HIMYAR (D. 1178 AD): AL-QASIDA AL-HIMYARIYA

    SIGNED HAZZA' BIN AL-HARITH, TAYMA, OTTOMAN ARABIA, DATED 25 SAFAR AH 935/8 NOVEMBER 1528 AD

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    NASHWAN BIN SA'ID BIN ABI HIMYAR (D. 1178 AD): AL-QASIDA AL-HIMYARIYA
    SIGNED HAZZA' BIN AL-HARITH, TAYMA, OTTOMAN ARABIA, DATED 25 SAFAR AH 935/8 NOVEMBER 1528 AD
    A work in verse on the Kings of Himyar, together with its commentary, Arabic manuscript on paper, 62ff. plus two fly-leaves, each folio with 17ll. of neat black cursive script, titles in larger red and yellow script within cartouches, occasional words picked out in red, with polychrome rosette markers, text within double red rules, with catchwords, opening folio with polychrome title and large index table, colophon signed and dated, in modern stamped binding
    Text panel 5 ¼ x 3 5/8in. (13.5 x 9.2cm.); folio 7 ¾ x 4 7/8in. (19.4 x 12.4cm.)


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    The author Nashwan bin Sa'id al-Himyari was Qadi and scholar from Yemen, from a region north of San'a. He died in Yemen in 1178 AD (see Al-Zerekly, Al-A'lam, Biographical Dictionary, vol.8, p.20). Another copy of al-qasida al-himyariyya is in Prague at the National LIbrary (XVIII G 45). The qasida is listed there as the 'story of King Himyar and the building of the dam in Ma'rib, Yemen, written in verse and commented. The work also mentions about Alexander the Great and his rule'.

    Tayma, where this manuscript was copied, is an oasis to the north-west of present-day Saudi Arabia.

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