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    Sale 12283

    Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds

    21 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 279

    A POLYCHROME LACQUER PAPIER-MÂCHÉ PENCASE (QALAMDAN)

    SIGNED YA SHAH NAJAF, QAJAR IRAN, DATED AH 1269/1854 AD

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    A POLYCHROME LACQUER PAPIER-MÂCHÉ PENCASE (QALAMDAN)
    SIGNED YA SHAH NAJAF, QAJAR IRAN, DATED AH 1269/1854 AD
    The painted decoration consisting of a large depiction of the Holy Family, the sides with European ladies and Qajar youths within roundels reserved against gul-o-bubul
    9in. (22.8cm.) long


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    Works by Najaf 'Ali are often signed ya Shah-i Najaf ('Oh King of Najaf'), in reference to the burial site of Imam 'Ali. Mostly active during the mid-19th Century and later followed by his sons and other members of his family, he is recorded as being particularly fond of painting images of European women and Christian religious scenes, for example see Nasser D. Khalili, B.W. Robinson and Tim Stanley, Lacquer of the Islamic Lands, vol.II, London, 1997, pl.267-268, pp.75-76.
    For a mirror case signed by the artist, see lot 285.

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