• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 174

    THE SAYINGS OF IMAM 'ALI

    SIGNED SULTAN MUHAMMAD KHANDAN, TIMURID IRAN, 15TH CENTURY

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    THE SAYINGS OF IMAM 'ALI
    SIGNED SULTAN MUHAMMAD KHANDAN, TIMURID IRAN, 15TH CENTURY
    Arabic with Persian translation in verse form, manuscript on paper, 17ff. plus two fly-leaves, each with 9ll., three of large black tawqi', the other 6ll. of smaller elegant black nasta'liq divided in two columns, within gold and black rules, the text panel framed by gold and polychrome rules, with heavily illuminated Qajar headpiece, colophon signed, waterstaining, minor repairs, in Qajar red and green morocco binding
    Text panel 7 5/8 x 4 3/8in. (19.6 x 11.3cm.); folio 10 1/8 x 6¾in. (25.7 x 17.2cm.)


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    This well known nasta'liq scribe worked in Herat and spent his early years working for Mir 'Alishir Nava'i. His numerous recorded works are dated between AH 915/1509-10 AD and AH 992/1584-5 AD (Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. I, Teheran, 1345 sh., pp. 268-71, and in the Topkapi (F.E. Karatay, Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi Kutuphanesi Farsia Yazmalar Katalogu Istanbul, 1961, cat. nos. 777, 787).

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