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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 305

    NUR AL-DIN ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI (D. AH 898/1492 AD): SUBHAT AL-ABRAR

    COPIED BY SULTAN MUHAMMAD KHANDAN, HERAT, DATED AH 930/1523-24 AD

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    NUR AL-DIN ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI (D. AH 898/1492 AD): SUBHAT AL-ABRAR
    COPIED BY SULTAN MUHAMMAD KHANDAN, HERAT, DATED AH 930/1523-24 AD
    'The Rosary of the Pious', the well known didactic poem of theological, ethical and mystical significance, Persian manuscript on ivory paper, 224ff. plus 4 fly-leaves, each folio with 14ll. of elegant black nasta'liq arranged in two columns with double gold intercolumnar rules, text panels with gold margins between black and blue rules, headings in gold, opening bifolio with fine gold and polychrome illumination bordering central text panels with 6ll. of nasta'liq in clouds reserved against gold hatched ground, colophon signed Sultan Muhammad Khandan and dated 930, some staining, later owner's stamp, in later Qajar lacquer binding with floral motifs on red ground, the doublures green with gold spray of daffodils
    Folio 9½ x 5½in. (24.2 x 13.8cm.); text panel 7 x 3¾in. (18 x 9.5cm.)


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    Sultan Muhammad Khandan was a well-known nasta'liq scribe who worked in Herat and spent his early years working for Mir 'Alishir Nava'i. His numerous recorded works are dated between AH 915 (1509-10 AD) and AH 992 (1584-85 AD) (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh Nevisan, Vol. I, Tehran 1345 sh, pp. 268-71 and Karatay, 1961, cat. nos. 777 and 787).

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