6 October 2009
MUHAMMAD BIN AL-HUSAYN BIN MUSA KNOWN AS ABU AL-HASSAN AL-SHARIF AL-RADI (D. AH 406/1016 AD): NAHJ AL-BALAGHA
SIGNED NASIR AL-HAFIZ MAKKI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED DHU AL-QA'DA AH 652(sic) /DECEMBER 1448-JANUARY 1449 AD
The Peak of Eloquence, compilation of hadith attributed to 'Ali, Arabic manuscript on paper, 334ff. as numbered plus 4 fly-leaves, each folio with 12ll. of black naskh, titles in gold outlined in black with coloured interstices, within gold and polychrome rules, pages bordered with gold and black rules, illuminated shamsa, finely illuminated opening bifolio with 5ll. of text on gold hatched cloud bands, catchwords, gold cloud bands and other illuminated margins a later Ottoman addition, colophon wrongly dated Dhu al-Qa'da 652 and signed Nasir al-Hafiz al-Makki, in gilt brown morocco
Text panel 4 x 2 3/8in. (10 x 6cm.); folio 6¾ x 4 1/8in. (17.2 x 10.3cm.)
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Nasir al-Hafiz Makki also copied a diwan of Imam 'Ali dated AH 852/1448-49 AD (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol.IV, Tehran, 1358 sh., p. 212).
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