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    Sale 12283

    Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds

    21 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 220 F

    A NASTA'LIQ QUATRAIN

    SIGNED (MIR) 'ALI, SAFAVID IRAN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY

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    A NASTA'LIQ QUATRAIN
    SIGNED (MIR) 'ALI, SAFAVID IRAN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY
    Ink and gold on blue paper, signed in the lower left corner al-faqir 'Ali, laid down on illuminated cream card
    Calligraphy 7 x 3 ¾in. (17.7 x 9.5cm.); panel 17 ¼ x 11 ¼ni. (43.6 x 28.6cm.)


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    Mir 'Ali is often mentioned by Safavid sources as among the most important nasta'liq calligraphers of all time. Various authorities attribute the codifying of the aesthetic rules of nasta'liq script to him. Born in Herat circa 1476, he was later taken to Bukhara by the Shaybanid ruler 'Ubaydullah Khan after his capture of Herat in AH 935/1528-29 AD (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, vol. II, Tehran 1346 sh., p.494). His recorded works are dated between AH 914/1508-09 AD and AH 951/1544-45 AD.

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