World Bulletin / News Desk
Rare fine works from Islamic heritage, an elegant sixteenth-century gilt-copper flask and a fifteenth-century chain-mail coat was put on auction in London on October 7.
The auction included also art works from Iran and India.
Sotheby's held the auction in its central London saleroom on New Bond Street.
From Iran a magnificent portrait of Fath 'Ali Shah Qajar, attributable to the court artist Mihr 'Ali, leads the highlights of the sale.
From Mughal India an important sixteenth/seventeenth-century jade drinking cup bearing the royal coat-of-arms of Navarre and France, comes from the collection of the late Edmund L. de Rothschild, Sotheby's said on website.
From Ottoman Turkey an elegant sixteenth-century gilt-copper (tombak) flask and a fifteenth-century chain-mail coat are amongst a distinguished group of arms and armour.
In the manuscript section, an early copy of the Arabic edition of Euclid's Elements and a Compendium of Treatises on Mathematics and Astronomy by the thirteenth-century polymath Nasir al-Din Tusi, are both works of outstanding academic interest which attest to the signal contribution of Muslim scholars to the advancement of scientific learning in the medieval period.
Nasir al-Din Tusi
Nasir al-Din Tusi was born in Tus east of Iran in the year 1201 and began his studies at an early age.Last Mod: 08 Ekim 2009, 13:42