12 October 1999
Anthology of Poetry
Copied by Fakhr al-Din Ahmad, Shiraz, AH end of Rabi' I 884/20 June 1479 AD
Persian manuscript on polished cream paper, 147ff. with 6ll. of fine black nasta'liq within gold margins with gold and polychrome floral corner pieces, with eight miniatures, final folio signed Fakhr al-Din Ahmad and dated Rabi' I 884, waterstaining, in later tan morocco binding
Folio: 6 x 3in. (16.5 x 8.2cm.); text: 4 x 1in. (10 x 4.6cm.)
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The miniatures have been added in Safavid times and probably date from around 1560-1570 in Shiraz.
For more on the calligraher, Fakhr al-Din Ahmad, see note to previous lot.
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