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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 296

    SHAMS AL-DIN MUHAMMAD SHIRAZI HAFIZ (D. AH 792/1390 AD): DIWAN

    COPIED BY NA'IM AL-DIN AL-KATIB IBN SADR AL-DIN AL-MUDHAHHIB, TIMURID SHIRAZ, DATED SATURDAY 1 DHU'L QA'DA AH 886/22 DECEMBER 1481 AD

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    SHAMS AL-DIN MUHAMMAD SHIRAZI HAFIZ (D. AH 792/1390 AD): DIWAN
    COPIED BY NA'IM AL-DIN AL-KATIB IBN SADR AL-DIN AL-MUDHAHHIB, TIMURID SHIRAZ, DATED SATURDAY 1 DHU'L QA'DA AH 886/22 DECEMBER 1481 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on thick cream or pink paper, 179ff. each with 12ll. of fine nasta'liq arranged in one or two columns with double intercolumnar rules in gold, catchwords, text with occasional gold roundels, headings in gold thuluth within panels of floral illumination, four slightly rubbed contemporary miniatures, first folio a later replacement, some leaves loose in binding, some staining, in brown morocco with stamped central medallion
    Folio 8 1/8 x 5¼in. (20.5 x 13.3cm.); text panel 5¼ x 3¼in. (13.3 x 8.3cm.)


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    Na'im al-Din was an obscure Shirazi scribe of the late 15th/early 16th century, whose numerous recorded works were thus far dated between AH 887 (1482-83 AD) and AH 915 (1510 AD) (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran, 1348 sh, p. 946 and F.E. Karatay, Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi Kutuphanesi, Farsca Yazmalar Katalogu, Istanbul, 1961, nos. 618, 638, 512). This is therefore his earliest recorded work. Some of his other works include a copy of Attar's Mantiq al-Tayr dated 1493 AD and a copy of the Khamsa of Nizami dated 1501 AD, both in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Mss. Elliot 246 and 192), and another Khamsa of Nizami dated AH 1510 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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    Provenance

    Anon sale, Sotheby's 26 April 1995, Lot 72.