A prayer book in safinah form, copied by the famous calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi (d. AH 1155/AD 1742-43), commissioned by a certain Muhammad 'Ali Khan Qaraguzlu Persia, dated AH 1133/AD 1720-21

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A prayer book in safinah form, copied by the famous calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi (d. AH 1155/AD 1742-43), commissioned by a certain Muhammad 'Ali Khan Qaraguzlu
Persia, dated AH 1133/AD 1720-21

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,000 - 7,500
A prayer book in safinah form, copied by the famous calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi (d. AH 1155/AD 1742-43), commissioned by a certain Muhammad 'Ali Khan Qaraguzlu
Persia, dated AH 1133/AD 1720-21
Arabic and Persian manuscript on paper, 103 leaves, 10 lines to the page written in naskhi in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black, within cloudbands on a gold ground, inner and outer margins ruled in black and gold, headings written in naskhi script in blue on gold rectangular panels, one illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, index and magical and talismanic tables, numerous ownership inscriptions and seal impressions on flyleaves, red morocco gilt, worn
153 x 75 mm.

Footnotes

  • The commissioner, Muhammad 'Ali Khan Qaraguzlu, is unidentified. The ownership inscriptions state that the manuscript was given to Mirza Reza Quli by his father Mirza Muhammad Rinan [?], in charge of the Royal Court, on 13th Ramadan 1271/30th May 1855. It was then given to Murtaza Quli Khan by his father Muhammad Rinan [?] in Shawwal 1282/February-March 1866: it seems, therefore, that the father took the manuscript from one son and gave it to another. None of these persons has been otherwise identified.

    Ahmed Nayrizi (who flourished between 1682 and 1722) was born in the town of Nayriz in Fars, and studied under Muhammad Ibrahim bin Muhammad Nasir Qumi, known as Aqa Ibrahim Qumi (fl.1659-1707), primarily in naskhi script. In the late 17th century Nayrizi settled in Isfahan where he came to the attention of Shah Sultan Husayn (reg. 1694-1722) who became an important patron and by whom Nayrizi was given the honorific surname Sultani.

    His repertoire of works include numerous copies of the Qur'an, prayer books, and a Qur'anic inscription in the Chihil Sutun palace in Isfahan. His style of naskhi has been described as 'a particularly confident one, characterized by exceptionally well-formed letters'. A prayer book copied by Nayrizi is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York (inv.2003.239, illustrated in Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2011, no. 191, pp. 272-274).
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A prayer book in safinah form, copied by the famous calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi (d. AH 1155/AD 1742-43), commissioned by a certain Muhammad 'Ali Khan Qaraguzlu Persia, dated AH 1133/AD 1720-21
A prayer book in safinah form, copied by the famous calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi (d. AH 1155/AD 1742-43), commissioned by a certain Muhammad 'Ali Khan Qaraguzlu Persia, dated AH 1133/AD 1720-21
A prayer book in safinah form, copied by the famous calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi (d. AH 1155/AD 1742-43), commissioned by a certain Muhammad 'Ali Khan Qaraguzlu Persia, dated AH 1133/AD 1720-21
A prayer book in safinah form, copied by the famous calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi (d. AH 1155/AD 1742-43), commissioned by a certain Muhammad 'Ali Khan Qaraguzlu Persia, dated AH 1133/AD 1720-21
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