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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 314

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

    COPIED BY MAHMUD AL-MUZAHHIB AL-HARAVI, MECCA, DATED AH 960/1561-62 AD

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    THE FORTY SAYINGS OF THE PROPHET WITH PERSIAN TRANSLATION BY JAMI'
    COPIED BY MAHMUD AL-MUZAHHIB AL-HARAVI, MECCA, DATED AH 960/1561-62 AD
    Hadith, Arabic and Persian manuscript on variously coloured paper, 8ff. plus 3 fly-leaves, each folio with 7ll. of flowing black nasta'liq all contained in gold-sprinkled panels with gold and blue interlinear rules, each folio with two such panels with 4ll. of diagonal nasta'liq between panels of larger nasta'liq, laid down between gold and polychrome rule on gold-speckled paper of various colours, opening folio with elegant gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, colophon signed Mahmud al-Muzahhib bi Mecca al-Mubaraka and dated 960, two folios loose in binding, in green morocco with central gilt stamped medallion on red ground and gold borders
    Folio 8 5/8 x 5in. (22 x 12.5cm.); text panel 5½ x 3½in. (13.5 x 8.5cm.)


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    Muhammad al-Muzahhib (the illuminator) is a calligrapher who wrote both small and large nasta'liq. A copy of the Subhat al-Abrar of Jami, dated AH 951 (1544-45 AD) was also copied by him in Mecca (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran, 1348, p. 894). He must therefore have worked in Herat, moved to Bukhara and travelled twice to Mecca in the years AH 1544-45 and 1561-62.

    A manuscript with miniatures signed by Mahmud Muzahhib is lot 175 in the present sale. Please see that lot for a further discussion on him.

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