7 October 2008,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 2,750
A NOBLEMAN AND A DERVISH
MUGHAL INDIA, LATE 18TH CENTURY
Leaf from a Mughal album, gouache heightened with gold on paper, a young nobleman wearing gold jama sits before a cross-legged dervish accompanied by a sleeping lion, mounted on card with illuminated margins, inscribed below Shah Sharaf Abu 'Ali Qalandar, verso with a calligraphic leaf comprising four lines of black nasta'liq written on the diagonal within clouds reserved against gold ground, with gold and polychrome illumination, signed below Muhammad 'Azim, similarly mounted, minor flaking of paint, mounted
Miniature 8 x 4 5/8in. (20.2 x 11.5cm.); folio 12 1/8 x 9in. (30.9 x 22.8cm.)
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Shah Sharaf Abu 'Ali Qalandar (d. Ah 724/1323-24 AD) was a Sufi and a poet. The calligraphy on the reverse of the folio is signed Muhammad A'zam, who is unrecorded.
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