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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 294

    POETRY ANTHOLOGY

    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD KATIB AL-SULTANI, TIMURID SHIRAZ, EARLY 15TH CENTURY

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    POETRY ANTHOLOGY
    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD KATIB AL-SULTANI, TIMURID SHIRAZ, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
    Comprising the Diwan of Hafiz and the Bustan and ghazaliyyat of Sa'di, Persian manuscript on polished paper, 174ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each with 24ll. of small black nasta'liq arranged in two columns with double gold intercolumnar rules, titles in gold naskh in clouds reserved against a ground of faint hatching, around this on every page a border of further lines of nasta'liq with triangular panels of floral illumination, catchwords, opening folio with two gold and polychrome illuminated panels, colophon signed Muhammad katib al-sultani, some repairs, folios coming loose in binding, in tired brown morocco with stamped central medallion
    Folio 7 x 4 5/8in. (18 x 11.7cm.); text panel 5½ x 3 5/8in. (14.5 x 9.3cm.)


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    The main body of the text of this manuscript is the Diwan of Hafiz. However, the Bustan of Sa'di, followed by his ghazaliyyat, fills the margins.

    Although Muhammad Katib al-Sultani (Royal Scribe), is unrecorded the style and the illumination of the manuscript indicate a 15th century Shirazi attribution. The title al-Sultani may indicate that Muhammad was a Royal Scribe of the Court of Ibrahim Sultan.

    This manuscript belonged to an Ottoman official with the name al-Sayyid Mustafa Sharaf al-Din, the katib-e divan (Secretary of the Council of State) of Salih Pasha, who worked closely under the Sultan.

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