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PROPERTY FROM A PERSIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A calligraphic quatrain, signed by Mir ‘Ali, Persia, Safavid, 16th century
Estimate
4,0006,000
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108

PROPERTY FROM A PERSIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A calligraphic quatrain, signed by Mir ‘Ali, Persia, Safavid, 16th century
Estimate
4,0006,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A calligraphic quatrain, signed by Mir ‘Ali, Persia, Safavid, 16th century
Persian manuscript on paper, 4 lines to the page, written in nasta’liq script in black ink within cloud bands set against a gold ground with polychrome flowers, triangular panels of illumination filled with fine interlacing vines and split-palmettes, signature in lower panel, laid down on album page, framed
calligraphy: 15 by 7.8cm.


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Catalogue Note

Mir ‘Ali al-Harawi was one of the greatest masters of Persian calligraphy. He learned his trade from Zayn al-din Mahmud and Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi, and worked at the court of the Timurid Sultan Husayn Mirza. He lived there until the capture of the city by the Uzbeks in 1528-29, when he, together with other artists, were taken to Bukhara. He was put in the charge of Prince ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Khan and worked in the Royal Library. After some sixteen years, he died in Herat. His recorded works are dated between 914 AH/1508-09 AD and 948 AH/1541-42 AD (Mehdi Bayani 1959, pp.126-31).

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