An interesting group of manuscript folios and album pages, many by Persian, Indian and Turkish master calligraphers of the 16th-19th Centuries, including an album of nasta'liq calligraphy copied by Fath 'Ali al-Shirazi, better known as Hijab Qajar Persia, mid-19th Century(24)

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Lot 43
An interesting group of manuscript folios and album pages, many by Persian, Indian and Turkish master calligraphers of the 16th-19th Centuries, including an album of nasta'liq calligraphy copied by Fath 'Ali al-Shirazi, better known as Hijab
Qajar Persia, mid-19th Century
(24)

Sold for £ 18,000 (US$ 22,569) inc. premium
An interesting group of manuscript folios and album pages, many by Persian, Indian and Turkish master calligraphers of the 16th-19th Centuries, including an album of nasta'liq calligraphy copied by Fath 'Ali al-Shirazi, better known as Hijab
Qajar Persia, mid-19th Century
in concertina form, 19 album pages, laid down on card, 2 lines to the page written in elegant nasta'liq script in black ink, interlinear gold decoration throughout, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, outer border of pink paper, first two album pages waterstained with loss of parts of four words, red morocco, slightly worn, 135 x 215 mm.; and another concertina album by Fath'Ali Shirazi, seven pages, one dated Muharram 1268/October-November 1851; and twenty-two other album pages of calligraphy and manuscript leaves with signatures of Fath 'Ali, Ahmad al-Nayrizi (1148/1735), Shah Mahmud al-Nishaburi (962/1554), Hamdullah better known as Ibn al-Shaykh, Yaqut al-Musta'simi, Abdul-Rahim 'Anbarin Qalam (1030/1620), Muhammad Shafi al-Husaini, Imad al-Mulk al-Hasani al-Sayfi al-Qazwini (1022/1613), Wali-ad-Din (1119/1707), Muhammad Balkhi (1001/1592), and Malak Muhammad (1092/1681), some defects
307 x 220 mm.(24)

Footnotes

  • The scribe Fath'ali al-Shirazi, called Hijab, (d. 1269/1852-53) is one of the celebrated nasta'liq scribes of the Qajar period. His recorded work, of which not much is extant, are mainly in the Gulistan Palace Library in Tehran and are dated between 1258/1842-43 and 1263/1846-47. Two of these were copied for the Qajar king Muhammad Shah. See Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. II, Tehran 1346, pp. 565-67.

    Wali al-Din is considered to be the best of the Ottoman nasta'liq scribes. See Mehdi Bayani, op. cit., vol. III, Tehran 1348, pp. 955-57.
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