31 March 2009
A NASTA'LIQ QUATRAIN
SIGNED MIR 'ALI AL-KATIB AL-SULTANI, SAFAVID IRAN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY
Persian manuscript on paper, 4ll. of elegant black nasta'liq on gold illuminated ground with floral vines, the signature of Mir 'Ali in a triangular panel below the text, a later bismalah in black naskh in the upper triangular panel, laid down on card with gold and polychrome illuminated borders, some creasing and scuffing
7½ x 4 1/8in. (19 x 10.5cm.)
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For a short biography on Mir 'Ali please see lot 37.
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