A calligraphic composition in nasta'liq script signed by Muhammad Ja'far 17th/18th Century
Lot 21
An album page with verses from the 'Divan of Shams' by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi in nasta'liq script, copied by Muhammad Ja'far perhaps India, 17th/18th Century
£1,200 - 1,500
US$ 1,900 - 2,300

Lot Details
An album page with verses from the 'Divan of Shams' by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi in nasta'liq script, copied by Muhammad Ja'far
perhaps India, 17th/18th Century
Persian manuscript on paper laid down on card, seven lines in nasta'liq script in black ink within green cloudband on a gold ground, text panels separated by margins and interlinear rules in colours, some smudging, outer border with panels excised from a manuscript of Jami's Yusuf va Zulaykha, 16th Century, in nasta'liq script, in mount
246 x 166 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Property of a Lady.

    Absence of any title or attribute makes it impossible to identify Muhammad Ja'far with certainty. He could, however, be the Indian scribe who signed in a similar manner and is recorded by Bayani as a descendant of [Muhammad Husain Kashmiri] Zarrin Qalam. (See Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. III, Teheran, 1348 sh., p. 671). Ghulam Muhammad recorded the same Muhammad Ja'far, a descendant of Mirza Muhammad Husain [Zarrin Qalam?], who was titled Kifayat Khan by Shah Jahan, and who worked in his Royal divan, and died on 2nd Ramadan 1095/13th August 1684. See Mawlana Ghulam Muhammad Dihlavi, The Tadhkira-i- Khushnavisan, ed. by M. Hidayat Gusain, Calcutta 1910, p. 105.
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