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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 121

    SHARAF AL-DIN AL-YAZDI (D. 1454 AD): ZAFARNAMA

    SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY

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    SHARAF AL-DIN AL-YAZDI (D. 1454 AD): ZAFARNAMA
    SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY
    A section from The Book of Victory, a biography of Timur, Persian manuscript on paper, 58ff. plus one fly-leaf, each with 17ll. elegant black nasta'liq script, words and phrases in gold, some lines of text in gold panels, gold margins between black rules, blue outer rule, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated heading panel, incomplete at end, in Qajar brown lacquer binding with floral medallion and pendants and gold borders, paper covered doublures
    Text 8 x 4 ½in. (20 x 11.2cm.); folio 10 ¾ x 7in. (27.5 x 17.8cm.)


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    The Zafarnama of Yazdi, is the history or 'Book of Victory' of Timur and Khalil Sultan. Commissioned by Timur's grandson Ibrahim Sultan bin Shahrukh, the governor of Shiraz, the text, in ornate prose, was completed by Sharaf al-Din 'Ali Yazdi in AH 828/1424-25 AD. It was much acclaimed in Iran, and by 1595 a copy - illustrated with twelve paintings by the master Bihzad - had been acquired by the Mughal court.

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    Provenance

    The Hagop Kevorkian Collection (669/1337); acquired Sotheby's, 18 April 1983, lot 132