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    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    20 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 72

    THE HUNDRED SAYINGS OF THE IMAM 'ALI AND THE FORTY SAYINGS OF THE PROPHET

    QAJAR IRAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    THE HUNDRED SAYINGS OF THE IMAM 'ALI AND THE FORTY SAYINGS OF THE PROPHET
    QAJAR IRAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Arabic and Persian manuscript on paper, 26ff., each text panel with three lines of large gold nasta'liq in cartouches, two framed panels of four lines of diagonal black nasta'liq, panels of two columns of black nasta'liq above and below, within gold and polychrome rules, each of the two sections opening with finely illuminated headpiece and gold floral illumination, in soft tooled green-brown morocco
    Text panel 7¾ x 3 7/8in. (19.7 x 10cm.); folio 10¼ x 6¼in. (26.1 x 16cm.)


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    The manuscript begins with the hundred sayings of Imam 'Ali (the Mi'ah Kalima in Arabic or the Sad Kalima in Persian), with the Persian versification by Rashid al-Din Muhammad bin Muhammad 'Abd al-Jalil al-'Umari, known as Rashid-i Vatvat or "swallow" on account of his small size (d. AH 578/1182 AD). Rashid-i Vatvat held the post of chief secretary under the two Khwarizmshahi rulers - Atsiz (AH 535-51/1140-56 AD) and his son Arslan (AH 551-68/1156-72 AD). He paraphrased in Persian quatrains the hundred maxims of the Imam ‘Ali bin Abu Talib (Charles Rieu, Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum, vol.II, London, 1966, pp.553-54, no. Add.16,791)

    The manuscript ends with the poet Jami's Persian versification of the Arba'in, the Forty Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad which was completed by him in AH 886/1480 AD.

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