Ready to start bidding?

Become verified and gain easy bidding access to our auctions

Become verified

A RARE CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, TIMURID OR EARLY SAFAVID , CIRCA 1500-20 A RARE CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, TIMURID OR EARLY SAFAVID , CIRCA 1500-20 A RARE CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, TIMURID OR EARLY SAFAVID , CIRCA 1500-20 A RARE CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, TIMURID OR EARLY SAFAVID , CIRCA 1500-20

Lot 20 A RARE CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, TIMURID OR EARLY SAFAVID , CIRCA 1500-20

Reference: ARTOTHE57162

Persian manuscript on paper, verso with 4 lines of elegant black nastaliq in clouds reserved against a hatched ground decorated with meandering floral vine, lower left corner signed Shah Mahmud al-Nishapuri, of black nastaliq below, a line of of large gold-speckled black thuluth in a cloud reserved against a gold and polychrome illuminated ground to the left, gold-speckled margins; recto with a line of large black thuluth in a cloud reserved against a hatched ground, flanked above and below by a line of gold-speckled black nastaliq in clouds reserved against a gold and polychrome illuminated ground, each corner with a gold and polychrome illuminated panel, gold speckled margins, minor smudges and light creases.
Text: 19 by 11.5 cm.
Folio: 19 by 30 cm.

CATALOGUE NOTE
Shah Mahmud al-Nishapuri (d.1564) (also known as Zarrin Qalam, 'golden pen') is thought to have been Shah Isma'il's (d.1524) favourite calligrapher. He was born in the city of Nishapur, Iran, and studied calligraphy under the supervision of Abdi al-Katib Nishapuri. He specialised in the style of nastaliq with the famous nastaliq master Sultan Ali Al-Mashhadi (d.1519). Shah Isma'il adored him so much that, on his campaign over Ottoman Sultan Selim I, he locked up Shah Mahmud and painter Behzad, fearing that they could be kidnapped by the Ottomans. On his return, the first thing he did was visit Shah Mahmud (see S. Rado, Turk Hattatlari, Istanbul, 1980, p.67). The famous Khamsa, produced for Shah Tahmasp (d.1576), illuminated by the famous court painter Behzad, was copied by Shah Mahmud. Celebrated as one of the greatest masters of nasta'liq script, Shah Mahmud's works have been collected by royal bibliophiles across the Muslim world. It has been noted that particularly members of the Ottoman elite adored him. A magnificent Quran manuscript by him, transcribed in nastaliq, can be found in the Topkapi Palace. See also Serin, Muhittin, Hat Sanatı ve Meshur Hattatlar, Kubbealti, Istanbul, 1999.

Pre-bidding for live auction ends:

Current bid
-
Reserve met
No

Estimate
€8,000.00 - €12,000.00
Minimum bid
€8,000.00
Lot status
opened

Your bid number
Request bid number
Your maximum bid
-

Internet / Maximum Bid

View bid steps

Quick bid
€8,000.00

Place maximum bid. Your bid must be at least €8,000.00.

Bidder
Time
Amount

Be the first to bid!


Phone Bid

Please enter your phone number below. Phone bids can be registered until

Phone bid configured. You will be called during the live auction on:
-
Contact the auction house if you would like to make any changes.
Add phone bid

By adding a bid, you agree to our General Agreement and Privacy Policy