• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 89

    SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (D. AH 691/1292 AD): KULLIYAT

    SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (D. AH 691/1292 AD): KULLIYAT
    SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on paper, 378ff. as numbered plus two modern fly-leaves, each folio with 18ll. of black nasta'liq organized in two or three columns, with double gold and/or polychrome intercolumnar divisions, opening illuminated bifolio with text within cloud bands on gold illuminated ground, gold and polychrome illuminated headpieces, section headings in red nasta'liq within cartouches, with illuminated cartouches interspersed within the text, catchwords, with fifteen original miniatures, later owners' notes and seal impressions, in later stamped brown morocco cover binding with flap, loose in binding
    Text panel 5¼ x 2 5/8in. (13.3 x 6.8cm.); folio 8 1/8 x 5¼in (20.8 x 13.5cm.)


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    The text includes a preface before the Kulliyat of Sa'di written about him and his work. It begins with the Bistun preface and ends with the story of Shams al-Din Tazi-guy and his encounter with Sa'di.

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