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Auction: Arts of the Islamic World
was auctioned on: 3 October 2012
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An imperial copy of Hafiz's Diwan, signed by 'Inayatullah Shirazi, Persia, Safavid, dated 977 AH/1569 AD

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Estimate: £50,000 - £70,000
ca. US$80,420 - US$112,588
Price realised:  £75,650
ca. US$121,676
Lot number 59, Views: 2

An imperial copy of Hafiz's Diwan, signed by 'Inayatullah Shirazi, Persia, Safavid, dated 977 AH/1569 AD Persian manuscript on paper, 216 leaves plus 4 flyleaves, one leaf missing at beginning, 12 lines to the page, written in fine nasta'liq script in black ink on gold-sprinkled paper within 2 columns, blue intercolumnar rules, margins ruled in colours and gold, catchwords, headings in illuminated panels throughout, decorated with polychrome flowers against gold and blue grounds, f.1a representing one half of a double page illuminated frontispiece decorated with a rich interlace of polychrome flowers and chinoiserie cloud bands against blue and gold grounds, 3 further illuminated double page headpieces with scenes of animals and foliage decorating the outer margins, with text within cloud bands and interlinear interlacing flowers against a gold ground, red Ottoman leather binding with gilt-stamped cartouches and cornerpieces 26 by 17.5cm.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Sotheby's
Title: Arts of the Islamic World
Date of the auction: 3 Oct 2012
Address: Sotheby's
London