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Kunuz al-anam fi ad'iyyah al-ayyam, signed by Pir Yahya Sufi, Turkey, Ottoman, mid-15th century

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35,000 GBP
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  • ink on paper, bound
Arabic manuscript on paper, 17 leaves, plus 4 flyleaves, 5 lines to the page, written in neat naskh script in black ink, titles in gold thuluth script against a hatched ground, opening page with text written against a ground decorated with scrolling split-palmettes and cintamani motifs, set into later 16th-century Ottoman outer margins filled with monumental stencilled interlacing split-palmettes outlined in gold and silver on grounds of various colours, Mamluk brown leather binding with tooled geometric roundels, pressure-moulded doublures, with flap  

Catalogue Note

Pir Yahya Sufi (d.1477) is often known as Edirneli Yahya Sufi after his birthplace, and lived during the period of Mehmet the Conqueror (r.1444-46/1451-81).

The borders of this manuscript strongly recall those of a Qasida al-Burda copied by Muhiddin al-Amasi sold in these Rooms, 3 October 2012, lot 56. The monumental interlacing split-palmettes can be compared with other related flamboyant marginal decoration in Ottoman manuscripts of the sixteenth century (see Petsopoulos 1982, pp.186-204.