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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 196

    RELIGIOUS COMMENTARY ON A QUATRAIN

    ATTRIBUTED TO MIR 'ALI, SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    RELIGIOUS COMMENTARY ON A QUATRAIN
    ATTRIBUTED TO MIR 'ALI, SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY
    A commentary on the nada 'ali quatrain, Persian manuscript on buff paper, 11ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each with 7ll. of flowing black nasta'liq in clouds reserved against a gold ground, important words and phrases picked out in gold, laid down within polychrome rules on blue washed paper, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece and first two pages with floral marginal illumiantion, colophon signed 'Mir 'Ali al-Katib ghaffar lahu', minor repairs to text panels, in lacquer binding with central floral cartouche and pendants and similar spandrels and margins on gold ground
    Text panel 6 x 3½in. (15.2 x 8.9cm.); folio 9 x 5 7/8in. (22.7 x 14.9cm.)


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    The text here is a Persian treatise on the Nada 'Ali quatrain. The colophon HAS been added at a later date and now reads: 'Mir 'Ali al-Katib wrote it [in] 860 (1455-56 AD)'. In the remains of the manuscript the hand appears 16th century and of extremely good quality.
    For a further discussion on the calligrapher Mir 'Ali see the note for lot 187.

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