• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 157

    'UBAID ZAKANI (D. AH 772/1370-71 AD): KITAB-I MUSH U GURBA

    QAJAR IRAN, 19TH CENTURY

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    'UBAID ZAKANI (D. AH 772/1370-71 AD): KITAB-I MUSH U GURBA
    QAJAR IRAN, 19TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript in verse, 32ff. plus 4 fly-leaves, each folio with up to 8ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in two columns with double red intercolumnar rules flanking a band of scrolling vine, most folios with a miniature on each side telling the story of a war between cats and mice, text panels ruled with gold and polychrome, catchwords, with gold and polychrome outer rules, opening bifolio with lines of nasta'liq in clouds reserved against gold surrounded by dense gold floral illumination, incomplete at end, some staining and smudging, in contemporaneous lacquer boards with a miniature from the text surrounded by verses in gold nasta'liq
    Text panel 5½ x 3in. (13.9 x 7.4cm.); folio 7¾ x 5¼in. (19.6 x 13.4cm.)


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    This manuscript tells the tale of a war between the cats and the mice. Persecuted by the cats, the mice attempt to appease their enemy by making offerings to the cat ruler. When their ambassadors are attacked and killed, the mice army sets forth on horseback and with elephants. The mice are victorious in battle and the cat king is captured and executed. This very charming manuscript is notable for the number of miniatures used to illustrate this tale. Two other copies are in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. (Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Part 1, nos. 797 and 799). Another copy of the text was sold in these Rooms, 15 October 2002, lot 189.

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