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Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets

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Two album pages with portraits of noblemen, India, Deccan, 17th century
gouache heightened with gold on paper, the borders with 10 lines of fine diagonal nasta’liq, bold nasta’liq couplets above and below each portrait
Quantity: 2
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Provenance

Ex-collection H.K. Monif (d.1968), New York, 1940s, thence by descent.

Catalogue Note

One album page depicts an unidentified prince, with text around the image comprising a quatrain and two ghazals by unidenified poets all on the subject of love.

The other sitter is also unidentified, although an inscription above reads 'Huzuri', who could possibly be identified with a sayyid from Qom who studied in Najaf (d.1591-92). The verses around this delicate portrait are ghazals by Ahi Torshizi Jaghata’i, a sixteenth-century poet who moved to Herat and was a companion to Gharib Mirza, a son of the Timurid Sultan Husayn Bayqara (see F. Mojtaba’i, ‘Ahi Torshizi’, The Great Islamic Encyclopaedia, edited by K. Musavi Bojnurdi, vol.ii, Tehran, 1990, p.252). Two portraits from the same album were sold at Christie’s London, 26 October 2017, lot 186.

Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets

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London