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1810 Persian Poetry Manuscript Sa'di Diwan Middle Eastern Iran Calligraphy For Sale
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A leaf from a Sa'Di Diwan, Iran, early 19th century, on paper
(290 x 195 mm.). There are fifteen lines of nasta'liq script in
two columns, text in margins. Verso:
fifteen lines of nasta'liq script in two columns, text in margins.
Shaikh Sa'di Shirazi (about 1194-1292 CE), originally named Muslih-uddin,
was born in Shiraz and studied at the Nizamiyya seat of learning
in Baghdad. He remained there for about 30 years, where his fame
as a great Persian poet and popular writer was established. He
took the name Sa'di in honor of his patron Sa'd b. Zengi. Between
1226 and 1256 he traveled widely, visiting Europe, Ethiopia, Egypt,
Syria, Palestine, Armenia, Turkey, Arabia, Iran, and beyond the
Indus to Hindustan. Sa'di had one son, whose early death caused
him great grief and led to a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.
Sa'di spent some years at Damascus where he became known as an
excellent pulpit orator. He then became a recluse wandering in
the desert near Jerusalem until he was captured by Frankish soldiers
and condemned to forced labor in the trenches of the fortress
of Tripoli. A rich friend from Aleppo who gave him his daughter
in marriage ransomed him. Her quarrelsomeness spurred him to leave
her and continue his travels, finally returning to Shiraz in his
seventies. He remained there until the end of his life, studying
Sufi wisdom and writing poetry. Provenance: Sir Wilfred Blunt
(1840 - 1922). Condition of this leaf is just under fine [F-].