A calligraphic composition in nasta'liq script signed by Ibrahim bin Bahram, dated AH 978
Lot 11
A ghazal of Hafiz in nasta'liq script, copied by Ibrahim ibn Bahram, known as Jahi Persia, dated AH 978/AD 1570-71
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Lot Details
A ghazal of Hafiz in nasta'liq script, copied by Ibrahim ibn Bahram, known as Jahi
Persia, dated AH 978/AD 1570-71
Persian manuscript on paper, two columns of nasta'liq script in black ink within cloudbands on a gold ground, inner floral border and ruled margins in colours and gold, pink outer border with intertwining floral motifs in gold, in mount
265 x 158 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Property of a Lady.

    The scribe is Abu'l-Fath Sultan Ibrahim Mirza, pen-named Jahi (1542-77). He was a son of Bahram Mirza and a grandson of the Safavid ruler Shah Isma'il (reg. 1501-24). There are only two examples of his writing recorded and neither is dated.

    He is recorded as a patron of arts and culture, a poet, a learned prince with knowledge of all the subjects of his time: natural science, philosophy, metaphysics, music, astrology, medicine, mathematics and theology. In the arts, he was well-versed in calligraphy (he wrote nasta'liq well), painting, illumination, goldsmith, book binding, dress-making, inlay work and musical instruments. He wrote poetry in Persian and Turkish and has a Divan of some three thousand couplets. He had a large collection of around four thousand manuscripts, calligraphy, paintings, jewels and Chinese ware and had a library in which manuscripts were copied, illustrated and illuminated.

    See Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol I, Teheran, 1345 sh., pp. 9-13; and Calligraphers and Painters, a treatise by Qadi Ahmad, son of Mir-Munshi, translated by V. Minorsky, Washington 1959, pp. 183-84.
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