Posted on: 22 September 2015

A calligraphic leaf with elaborate floral decoration, signed by Taj al-Din, a secretary employed in the protocol section of the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad, early 20th Century

Persian manuscript and watercolour on paper, the stylised name of 'Ali in the centre surrounded by a floral border, surmounted by a cartouche containing the bismallah, a couplet in Persian below the main cartouche explaining that the name of 'Ali is written in mirror-image in a large hand, the signature of Taj al-Din written twice within cartouches.

Source: Bonhams

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I am interested in a historical book where Hyderabad asked for separation from Mughal in Delhi (Aurangzeb) and Hyderabad was a center of Shiism, the decoration with Imam Ali's name may be the proof on that. Or I am incorrect of this historical fact?