Lot n° 61
1500 - 2000
Result with fees
: 4 160EUR
Calligraphie et composition florale, montés sur une page d'album
Calligraphy: Al-Busiri, Qasidat al-burda, Mughal Empire, dated 1547-48; Drawing: Probably Turkey, 16th century
Black and gold ink on paper, mounted on a cardboard page. Three lines of text in black ink in thuluth script and three smaller lines in naskh script. Signature: Muhammad Asghar bin Mansur al-'Arabshahi, AH 954 /1547-48 in Kabul. On the reverse, bouquets of golden flowers and rumi-hatai leaf on a black speckled background. Trace of two stamps. Wear and tears on the cardboard page; small tear and retouch on the calligraphy. Trace of folding.
H. 23,7 cm; L. 16 cm
The calligrapher Muhammad Asghar bin Mansur al-'Arabshahi is probably the same person as Muhammad Asghar ibn Mansur al-Husayni, also known as Mir Munshi under Emperor Akbar. In this calligraphy, he indicates the location of Kabul which was a Mughal city at that time, alternately under the control of Humayun and his brother Kamran Mirza. This calligrapher is also known as Muhammad Asghar Sabsevari (Masshadi), and was a "Mir Munshi", i.e. a chancery clerk for the emperor Akbar, and went on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The reverse is decorated with a drawing in the spirit of the Ottoman imperial workshops. A large calligraphic composition on an album page, offered at Christie's London, 6 October 2011, lot 312, was signed twice, in two different ways, Munshi al-'Arabshahi, and Muhammad Asghar ibn Mansur al-Husayni, and dated each time 966H./ 1559-60. This large page was also attributed to Ottoman Turkey by the style of its illuminations. Expert L.S.
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