A calligraphic composition in nasta'liq script signed by Sultan Husain al-Tuni 17th Century
Lot 13
Two couplets, possibly by 'Abd al-Rahman Jami, in nasta'liq script, copied by Sultan Husain al-Tuni Persia, early 17th Century
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 5,103) inc. premium

Lot Details
Two couplets, possibly by 'Abd al-Rahman Jami, in nasta'liq script, copied by Sultan Husain al-Tuni
Persia, early 17th Century
Persian manuscript on paper laid down on card, four couplets in nasta'liq script in black ink on a ground of floral illumination in silver, inner border illuminated in colours and gold, outer borders composed of verses from ghazals by Hafiz and Jami excised from other manuscripts, in mount
238 x 147 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Property of a Lady.

    Sultan Husain al-Tuni was a nasta'liq scribe at the court of Farhad Khan Qaramanlu, commander-in-chief of the Safavid Shah 'Abbas I in Khurasan. After the death of his patron in 1598 Sultan Husain moved to Qazvin. See Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. I, Teheran, 1345 sh., pp. 232-33; and Calligraphers and Painters, a treatise by Qadi Ahmad, son of Mir-Munshi, translated by V. Minorsky, Washington 1959, p. 170.
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