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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 303

    THE SAYINGS OF THE IMAM 'ALI

    SIGNED BY HUSAYN AL-FAKHKHAR AL-SHIRAZI, SAFAVID SHIRAZ, SOUTH IRAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    THE SAYINGS OF THE IMAM 'ALI
    SIGNED BY HUSAYN AL-FAKHKHAR AL-SHIRAZI, SAFAVID SHIRAZ, SOUTH IRAN, 16TH CENTURY
    Arabic manuscript and versed Persian translation on gold and pink sprinkled paper, 18ff. plus 4 fly-leaves, each with the sayings of the Imam 'Ali written in 3ll. of elegant large blue and gold thuluth and 6ll. of their Persian translation in neat black naskh divided between them, the naskh panels with gold and polychrome floral borders, laid down between gold margins on cream paper with gold outer rules, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, colophon signed Husayn al-Fakhkhar al-Shirazi and with added date of AH 951, in brown morocco with gilt stamped central medallion and borders
    Folio 8 7/8 x 5¾in. (22.5 x 15cm.); text panel 5 3/8 x 3 3/8in. (13.8 x 8.5cm.)


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    Husayn al-Fakhkhar al-Shirazi was a 16th century calligrapher of Shiraz who is recorded by Qadi Ahmad as being related to the Atabaks of Fars and an established scribe of Shiraz (Calligraphers and Painters, A Treatise by Qadi Ahmad son of Mir-Munshi, translated by V. Minorsky, Washington 1959, p. 76 and Qazi Mir Ahmad Munshi Qomi, Golestan-e Honar, ed. by A. Soheyli-Khwansari, Tehran, 1352, p. 34). His recorded work includes a Qur'an dated AH 972/1564-65 AD in the Khalili Collection (D. James, After Timur, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, 1992, cat. 45), a copy of the Bahjat al-Mabahij in the Gulistan Palace Library dated 21 Jumada al-Awwal AH 951/21 August 1544 AD and two calligraphic pages in the Topkapi (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. IV, Tehran, 1358 sh, p. 52).

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