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    Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds

    21 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 13

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

    PROBABLY SHIRAZ, TIMURID IRAN, DATED 2 RAMADAN AH 897/28 JUNE 1492 AD

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    QASIM ANWAR (D. AH 837/1433-34 AD): DIWAN
    PROBABLY SHIRAZ, TIMURID IRAN, DATED 2 RAMADAN AH 897/28 JUNE 1492 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on paper, 266ff., four fly-leaves, 14ll. of fine black nasta'liq in two gold outlined columns to the page, titles in gold within illuminated cartouches, opening illuminated bifolio, preceded by illuminated shamsa, f.230a with illuminated heading and title of anis al-'arifin, f.253b with colophon dated 22 Sha'ban 897, f.254a with illuminated heading and title of anis al-'ashiqin, f.266a with final colophon dated 2 Ramadan 879, with catchwords, occasional staining, in Safavid stamped brown morocco with gilt decoupé doublures
    Text panel 5¾ x 2 7/8in. (14.7 x 7.1cm.); folio 8½ x 4½in. (21.4 x 11.6cm.)


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    There are two colophons in this manuscript, the first one 18 years later than that recorded on the final folio. Neither colophon shows any sign of having been tampered with. It seems likely that the scribe has mixed up the seven and the nine in the final colophon. This would make the date of completion of the manuscript as 2 Ramadan 897 (28 June 1492), a few days after the first colophon was written.
    This is a very early copy of the text.

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