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Lot 133: MAHMUD IBN MUHAMMAD ‘ARIFI HARAVI (D. CIRCA 1449), GUY VA CHAWGAN (ALSO KNOWN AS HAL-NAMEH), SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, CIRCA 1540-50 |

Arts of the Islamic World

by Sotheby's

19 October 2016

London, United Kingdom

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  • MAHMUD IBN MUHAMMAD ‘ARIFI HARAVI (D. CIRCA 1449), GUY VA CHAWGAN (ALSO KNOWN AS HAL-NAMEH), SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, CIRCA 1540-50 |
  • MAHMUD IBN MUHAMMAD ‘ARIFI HARAVI (D. CIRCA 1449), GUY VA CHAWGAN (ALSO KNOWN AS HAL-NAMEH), SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, CIRCA 1540-50 |
  • MAHMUD IBN MUHAMMAD ‘ARIFI HARAVI (D. CIRCA 1449), GUY VA CHAWGAN (ALSO KNOWN AS HAL-NAMEH), SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, CIRCA 1540-50 |
  • MAHMUD IBN MUHAMMAD ‘ARIFI HARAVI (D. CIRCA 1449), GUY VA CHAWGAN (ALSO KNOWN AS HAL-NAMEH), SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, CIRCA 1540-50 |
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Description: Persian mansucript on paper, 25 leaves plus 4 flyleaves, 10 lines to the page, written in fine nasta'liq script in black ink on a gold-sprinkled text block within 2 columns, illuminated title headings left blank, margins ruled in colours and gold, catchwords, at least 2 folios missing, double page frontispiece finely illuminated in colours and gold, text within cloud bands against a hatched ground, following double page with finely illuminated outer margins filled with birds amid an interlace of large leafy vegetation and chinoiserie cloud bands, 6 further double pages with fully illuminated margins composed of fantastical animals amid foliage in gouache heightened with gold, other pages with similar scenes executed only in gold, f.1a with an illuminated shamsa filled with scrolling polychrome split-palmettes, later brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped medallions and border decoration 

Dimensions: 25 by 16.3cm.

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