• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 202

    NUR AL-DIN 'ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI (D. AH 898/1492 AD): YUSUF WA ZULAYKHA

    SAFAVID SHIRAZ, SOUTH IRAN, CIRCA 1540-50

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    NUR AL-DIN 'ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI (D. AH 898/1492 AD): YUSUF WA ZULAYKHA
    SAFAVID SHIRAZ, SOUTH IRAN, CIRCA 1540-50
    Persian manuscript on paper, 177ff. plus one fly-leaf, each folio with 12ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in two columns with gold double intercolumnar rules, margins ruled in blue and gold, catchwords, headings in blue, opening bifolio with fine gold and polychrome illumination, five miniatures, some repairs and waterstaining mainly restricted to the margins, contemporary Safavid binding with stamped gilt central panels decorated with floral arabesques and cloudbands, doublures of red morocco with découpé central medallion and spandrels with cobalt ground and gilt stamped borders
    Text panel 5¼ x 2 3/8in. (13.5 x 5.7cm.); folio 8½ x 5in. (21.6 x 12.6cm.)


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    The miniatures are as follows:

    f.40a Zulaykha kneeling before Yusuf
    f.71b Zulaykha's husband sees Yusuf on the balcony of a building
    f.109b Yusuf restrains Zulaykha from stabbing herself
    f.120a Yusuf enters the apartment where Zulaykha and her maids are sitting
    f.142b Yusuf enthroned with 'Aziz, Zulaykha's husband

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    Provenance

    Anon sale, Sotheby's 10 April 1989, lot 240.