1 May 2001
BADR AL-DIN HILALI (D. AH 936/1530 AD): SIFAT AL-'ASHIQIN
Copied by Shah Muhammad, Safavid Iran, early 16th Century
Poetry, Persian manuscript on pink paper, 61ff. with 10ll. of fine black nasta'liq arranged in two gold-outlined columns, headings in white on gold and polychrome illuminated panels, opening bifolio with text within gold clouds and with illuminated heading, final folio with colophon signed Shah Muhammad, good condition, in later maroon morocco binding with paper overlay
Folio 6¾ x 4½in. (17.2 x 11.4cm.); text 4 3/8 x 2 3/8in. (11.2 x 6.2cm.)
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Hilali enjoyed the patronage of 'Ali Shir Nawa'i in Herat, where Shah Muhammad was also active.
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