31 March 2009,
Price realised GBP 73,250
GBP 60,000 - GBP 90,000
A TIMURID CARVED GREY SCHIST INSCRIPTION PANEL
IRAN, 15TH CENTURY
Of rectangular form, deeply carved with a band of elegant naskh with elongated upstrokes, below a minor band of floriated kufic, a plain band above and below, minor losses
12½ x 27¾ x 2¼in. (31.7 x 70.5 x 5.8cm.)
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The inscription in kufic reads repeatedly al-mulk li'llah (Sovereignty is God's). The line in naskh is part of a prayer.
For a note on this panel, please refer to lot 102.
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