• 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 121

    NUR AL-DIN 'ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI (D. AH 898/1492-93 AD): HAFT AWRANG

    SHIRAZ, SAFAVID IRAN, LAST QUARTER 16TH CENTURY

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    NUR AL-DIN 'ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI (D. AH 898/1492-93 AD): HAFT AWRANG
    SHIRAZ, SAFAVID IRAN, LAST QUARTER 16TH CENTURY
    A chain of poems in even meter discussing philosophical, ethical and religious themes with illustrative anecdotes, Persian manuscript on paper, 193ff. plus six modern fly-leaves, each page with 16ll. of elegant black nasta'liq in four columns with gold illuminated intercolumnar divisions, the text within gold and polychrome rules, tiles in white nasta'liq on gold floral illuminated ground, some verses written on the diagonal between triangular medallions, with seven illuminated headpieces, the first two pages of each book in gold cloud bands, the opening bifolio with later marginal illumination, with three original miniatures depicting a polo game, men praying before the Kaaba and a man falling off a balcony, each with some scuffing, the manuscript otherwise in good condition, in black stamped morocco binding
    Text panel 8 x 4½in. (20.4 x 11.4cm.); folio 13 x 8in. (33.2 x 20.4cm.)


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    The miniature illustrated here depicts 'Ali bin Muwaffaq at the Ka'ba talking to God. 'Ali bin Muwaffaq is recorded as a Sheikh who visited the Ka'ba 84 times. The miniature is from the Tuhfat al-Ahrar, the third book of Jami. This manuscript in fact ends with Jami's fourth book, the Subhat al-Abrar.

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