• 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 127

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

    SAFAVID SHIRAZ, IRAN, CIRCA 1575

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    SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (D. AH 691/1292 AD): GULISTAN
    SAFAVID SHIRAZ, IRAN, CIRCA 1575
    Persian manuscript on gold-speckled cream paper, 159ff. plus six fly-leaves, each folio with a main text panel with 12ll. of black nasta'liq organized in one or two columns with illuminated intercolumnar divisions, the main panel framed by illuminated borders, further text written marginally on the diagonal within gold and polychrome rules, some words picked out in gold, titles in white nasta'liq on gold ground within illuminated cartouches, with triangular illuminated medallions along the borders, some with the signs of the Zodiac, each folio heavily illuminated, opening folio with illuminated headpiece and text within cloud bands on gold ground, with three original miniatures, in modern gilt green morocco binding with flap, text panels coming out of their frames, loose in binding
    Text panel 7 7/8 x 4¼in. (20 x 11cm.); folio 11¼ x 7 3/8in. (28.5 x 18.8cm.)


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