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SIGNED MUHAMMAD 'ALAMGIR SHAHI, MUGHAL INDIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY

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AN ANTHOLOGY
SIGNED MUHAMMAD 'ALAMGIR SHAHI, MUGHAL INDIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
Poetry and prose, Persian manuscript on paper, 19ff., plus one fly-leaf, 11ll. of elegant black nasta'liq, text within black and gold rules, important words and titles in red, within marbled margins, illuminated opening bifolio, first and last folio bear a delicate drawing of a flowering plant in gold paint, colophon signed, in brown blind stamped morocco, green paper doublures
Text area 4 ½ x 2in. (11.3 x 4.9cm.); folio 7 1/8 x 3 7/8in. (18 x 9.8cm.)
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This fine manuscript is a unique specimen by Muhammad, a royal scribe who was active in 'Alamgir's court and was bestowed the royal nisba of 'Alamgir Shahi. Ghulam Muhammad Haft Qalami in his Tazkereh-ye Khoshnevisan states that Mir Sayyid 'Ali Khan, who entered the court of Shah Jahan and was given the title Jawahir Qalam, was the calligraphy master of the young Aurangzeb, and eventually became the head of his library after he became king (Dihlavi, 1910, p.57). Aurangzeb was a great patron of the art of calligraphy and gathered many known Mughal and Persian calligraphers in his court.

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