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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 297

    QASIM ANWAR (D. AH 837/1433-34 AD): DIWAN

    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD AL-MULAQQQAB BI NIZAM AL-DIN, TIMURID IRAN, DATED WEDNESDAY MORNING OF 25 SHA'BAN AH 879/4 JANUARY 1475

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    QASIM ANWAR (D. AH 837/1433-34 AD): DIWAN
    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD AL-MULAQQQAB BI NIZAM AL-DIN, TIMURID IRAN, DATED WEDNESDAY MORNING OF 25 SHA'BAN AH 879/4 JANUARY 1475
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on cream paper, 294ff. plus 4 fly-leaves, each folio with 14ll. of flowing black nasta'liq within gold outlines, further texts written on the diagonal around the main text, titles in gold naskh on a ground of floral scrolls, small triangular panels with floral illumination, opening folio with delicate gold and polychrome shamsa, following folio with two similarly illuminated panels, three further similarly decorated titles within the text, colophon signed Muhammad al-Mulaqqab bi Nizam al-Din and dated Wednesday morning of 25 Sha'ban 879, some light staining, in later brown morocco with central gilt panel with central medallion and similar borders
    Folio 6¾ x 5in. (17.1 x 12.7cm.); text panel 6 1/8 x 4in. (15 x 10.1cm.)


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    A Shaykh Muhammad al-Mulaqqab bi (titled) Nizam al-Din is reported as having been a royal scribe at the court of Shah Tahmasp. He was known for his speed of writing and was alive in AH 953/1546-47 AD. If, however, this were the same scribe, he must have had a very long working life (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran, 1348 sh, p. 621).

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