Lot n° 43
4000 - 6000
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Munajat 'Ali (Prières) : signé par Rustam ‘Ali Shahi
Iran, probably Mashhad, Safavid art, AH 966 / 1558-59
Manuscript on brown paper mounted on colored paper margins, decorated with gilded branches and animals. 6 ff. with 12 ll. in nast'aliq per page in Arabic and its Persian translation, in polychrome ink in illuminated cartouches, and gilt pendants in smaller registers. Some animals in the margins later highlighted in black. Signature on f. 6 r., accompanied by the date. Later binding.
Text : 16 x 8.5 cm ; Page : 26.5 x 16.5 cm
For another manuscript, also composed by Munajat 'Ali and identical in style, signed by Mahmud Nishapuri, dated AH 967 /1559-60, see: Christies, Art of The Islamic and Indian World, London, 23 October 2007, lot 103. Rustam Ali Shahi (d. AH 970 /1562-1563) was the nephew of Behzad, the famous Timurid miniaturist. This calligrapher was a student of Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi, active in the royal library of Bahram Mirza Safavid (son of Shah Isma'il and brother of Shah Tahmasp). At the end of his life, he worked for Bahram Mirza's son, Ibrahim Mirza safavide in Mashhad. He also signed the album of Bahram Mirza, the Safavid prince (Bayani, Mehdi, Ahval va ʾathar-i khushnivisan-i irani, vol.1-2, Tehran, 1984, vol I, pp. 207-209). Few manuscripts by this calligrapher are dated, making the present compilation a rare copy.
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