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    Sale 12283

    Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds

    21 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 32

    THE POEM (QASIDA) OF IMAM 'ALI REZA

    SIGNED RUZBIHAN, SHIRAZ, SAFAVID IRAN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY

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    THE POEM (QASIDA) OF IMAM 'ALI REZA
    SIGNED RUZBIHAN, SHIRAZ, SAFAVID IRAN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on paper, 6ff., two fly-leaves, 7ll. of elegant thuluth to the page, each line within cloudband on gold illluminated ground, text within gold and polychrome rules, with cream borders illuminated with gold foliage, illuminated headpiece, colophon signed, later ownership note dated AH 1230, in Ottoman gilt stamped morocco with flap
    4 5/8 x 3in. (11.6 x 7.5cm.); folio 8 x 5 ¼in. (20.2 x 13.5cm.)


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    The manuscript is signed by Ruzbihan Muhammad al-Tab'i al-Shirazi, a Shirazi calligrapher and illuminator of the first half of the 16th century. His masterpiece is an undated Qur'an in the Chester Beatty Library, which he copied as well as illuminated (Inv. MS. 1588; David James, Qur'ans and Bindings from the Chester Beatty Library, London, 1980, No.58, pp.77-79). For other manuscripts including two Qur'ans by this very accomplished artist in the Khalili collection, see David James, After Timur, London, 1991, pp.144-160.

    A large fine Qur'an attributable to Ruzbihan Muhammad sold at Sotheby's, London, 5 October 2010, lot 26.

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