THE FORTY HADITH OF ‘ALI SHIR NAVA‘I, COPIED BY MUN’IM AL-DIN AL-AWHADI, PERSIA, TIMURID, DATED 902 AH/1497 AD
Chaghatai Turkish manuscript on gold sprinkled paper, 10 leaves, plus 2 fly-leaves, 13 lines to the page, written in nasta’liq in black, blue and light green ink, text divided into two columns and written horizontally and obliquely, ruled in blue and gold, f.1b with a polychrome and gold heading (‘unwan), in cardboard binding
24.8 by 15cm.
The margins clean, with pages marked by European numerals written in pencil on the upper external corner, some stains and smudges, some restoration to the paper, minor losses to the illumination, as viewed.
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Mun’im al-Din al-Awhadi is recorded in Bayani as the copyist of various manuscripts dated between 897 and 924 AH (1492-1518AD) (M.Bayani, Ahval va athar-e khosh-navisan, nasta’liq navisan, vol.3, 1348 sh, pp. 921-2). Other manuscripts copied by him are recorded in the Topkapi Museum Library (Kulliyyat of Sa’di, dated 927 AH/1520-21 AD, published in F.E. Karatay, Farsça Yazmalar Kataloğu, Istanbul, 1961, cat. 534) and also were offered at auction (a copy of the Ghazaliyyat of Amir Khusraw, dated 894 AH/1489 AD sold at Christie’s London, 23rd April 2002, lot 60; another Khamsa of Nizami sold in these rooms, 23 April, 1997, lot. 87).
The current manuscript was in the possession of an Ottoman called Muhammad Yamini ibn Muhammad who left his oval seal impression below the note. The name ‘Ali Pasha is also on top of the page.