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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 312

    THE FORTY SAYINGS OF THE PROPHET WITH PERSIAN TRANSLATION BY JAMI'

    COPIED BY MALIK [DAYLAMI], SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 949/1542-43 AD

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    THE FORTY SAYINGS OF THE PROPHET WITH PERSIAN TRANSLATION BY JAMI'
    COPIED BY MALIK [DAYLAMI], SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 949/1542-43 AD
    Hadith, Arabic and Persian manuscript on paper, 7ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 9ll. of black nasta'liq all contained in panels with gold interlinear rules, each folio with three such panels with 4ll. of diagonal nasta'liq, laid down within gold and polychrome margins on variously coloured gold-speckled paper, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece and 9ll. of text running below, colophon signed Malik and dated 949, areas of staining running throughout the manuscript, minor creasing, one folio replaced, in later Ottoman binding with large central gilt stamped medallion and marbled doublures
    Folio 9½ x 6¼in. (24.2 x 16cm.); text panel 5¾ x 3 1/8in. (14.5 x 8cm.)


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    Malik Daylami (AH 924-969/1518-62 AD) was a famous nasta'liq scribe who originially worked at the library of the Safavid Prince Sultan Ibrahim Mirza in Mashhad but was called by Shah Tahmasp to Qazvin to write the inscriptions of the Chehel Sutun. He then remained at his court until his death. The famous Shah Tahmasp album in the Topkapi was produced under his supervision (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran, 1348 sh., pp. 598-609). His previously recorded works are dated between AH 950 (1543-44 AD) and AH 969 (1561-62 AD). This, therefore, is his earliest recorded work. A calligraphic panel by the same scribe is lot 324 of the present sale.

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