Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (d.1273), the six books of the Mathnawi, Western Persia or Baghdad, circa 1300-50
- ink on paper with leather binding
- 27 by 19.5cm.
The present manuscript is one of two early copies of Rumi in the collection of Jafar Ghazi (the other being a Diwan-e Shams, offered as lot 106). Although there is no colophon, the work to hand displays a particular textual construction and scriptural style that places it in the first half of the fourteenth century. One can compare the layout and style of the angular naskh script with that of early versions of the Shahnameh - see for example a leaf from the 'First Small Shahnameh' (circa 1300-30 AD) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (published in L. Komaroff and S. Carboni, The Legacy of Genghis Khan, New York, 2002, p.151, no.176), as well as three leaves from 'Second Small Shahnameh' (circa 1300 AD) the sold in these rooms, 9 October 2013, lot 81; 3 October 2012, lot 66 and 6 April 2011, lot 33. Given that Rumi died in 1273 AD, this manuscript can be considered an early work, most likely executed roughly fifty years after his death.