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    Sale 5100

    Indian & Islamic Works of Art

    26 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 408

    A LETTER, PROBABLY SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY

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    A LETTER, PROBABLY SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY
    Comprising 9ll. of black diwani script, with a shikasteh inscription above, mounted on green card-folio 9¼ x 7in. (23.7 x 17.7cm.)


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    This letter is extremely difficult to read, but appears to be a letter written by one Muhammad Shaf'i to a high official which refers to an edict regarding paper. This may be Muhammad Shaf'i al-Qazwini, a royal scribe who died in AH 1121 (1709 or 10 AD) or Muhammad Shaf'i al-Husayni al-Harawi, a shikasteh scribe of the second half of the 17th century.
    Bayani, M.:ahval va asrar-e khosh-nevisan, vol.III, Tehran, 1348sh., pp. 762-4.

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