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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 341

    NUR AL-DIN 'ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI' (D. AH 898/1492-93 AD): THE THIRD BOOK OF THE SILSILAT AL-DHAHAB

    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD SALIH AL-KATIB, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 980/1572-73 AD

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    NUR AL-DIN 'ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI' (D. AH 898/1492-93 AD): THE THIRD BOOK OF THE SILSILAT AL-DHAHAB
    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD SALIH AL-KATIB, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 980/1572-73 AD
    A chain of poems in even meter discussing philosophical, ethical and religious themes with illustrative anecdotes, Persian manuscript on gold-sprinkled paper, 45ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each with 14ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in two columns with double gold intercolumnar rule, catchwords, marginal rule in gold, green and blue, titles in red and blue, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, colophon signed Muhammad Salih al-Katib and dated AH 980, and with later Safavid-style drawing around it, the preceding two folios with later panels of illumination, waterstaining throughout, in red morocco with gilt stamped floral central medallion
    Folio 9¼ x 5 5/8in. (23.5 x 14.4cm.); text panel 6 1/8 x 3¼in. (15.5 x 8cm.)


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    An album in the Topkapi is recorded as having been produced and signed by Muhammad Salih al-Katib al-Khaqani for a certain Vali Khan. That was dated in abjad to AH 948 (1541-42 AD), and the scribe may be the same as that of the present example (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran, 1348 sh, p. 777).

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