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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 156

    THE MUNAJAT OF 'ALI

    SIGNED GHAYBULLAH AL-IMAMI, TIMURID IRAN, LATE 15TH/EARLY 16TH CENTURY

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    THE MUNAJAT OF 'ALI
    SIGNED GHAYBULLAH AL-IMAMI, TIMURID IRAN, LATE 15TH/EARLY 16TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on paper, 5ff. each with 6ll. of black nasta'liq staggered across the page, each line with a further line of smaller nasta'liq below, text panels laid down between gold, white and orange rules on variously coloured gold-sprinkled card, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, colophon signed Ghaybullah al-Imami, final folio with added panel of calligraphy by Shah Mahmud Nishapuri, first folio with added Safavid miniature in gold and polychrome illuminated border, some staining and marginal repair, loose in brown lacquer binding with floral border
    Folio 9 x 5¾in. (23 x 14.8cm.); text panel 6 x 3in. (15 x 7.4cm.)


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    Ghaybullah al-Imami is recordered as a nasta'liq scribe. Two of his recorded works are dated AH 893 (1487-88 AD) and AH 912 (1506-07 AD) (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. II, Teheran 1346 sh, pp. 560-61, F.E.Karatay, Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi Kutuphanesi Farsia Yazmalar Katalogu, Istanbul, 1961, cat. 691). Another manuscript copied by Ghaybullah al-Imami is lot 293. Please see the note to that lot for a further discussion on the scribe.

    For a note on Shah Mahmud Nishapuri, please see lot 315.

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