Lot 10
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Sharaf al-Din Abu 'Abdullah Muhammad ibn Hassan al-Busiri (d.1296-97 AD), Qasida al-Burda, Western Persia or Anatolia, circa 14th century

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  • ink on paper, bound
Arabic manuscript on paper, 28 leaves, plus a flyleaf, 12 lines to the page, comprising three lines in large black thuluth script, the intervening lines in red and black naskh script within panels, some written diagonally and upside down, f.1a with illuminated frontispiece in blue and gold, rubbed, text in large thuluth script in white, final folio with panel of corresponding illumination, margins ruled in blue and gold, later leather binding with floral decoration, with flap

Catalogue Note

The original title of this work was Al-kawakib al-durriya fī madh khayr al-bariya, but is more commonly known as Qasida al-Burda ('Poem of the Mantle'). Written in praise of the Prophet Muhammad, the composition was very popular in Mamluk Egypt and Syria in the fourteenth and fifteenth century, and many lavish copies were commissioned by both the sultans and the nobility for their personal use, or as endowments.

There are nine copies of this poem, one of which was commissioned by the Mamluk ruler Qaytbay (r.1468-95), in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (see A. Arberry, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library, volume V, Dublin, 1962, p.55, no.4168). Another forty copies are in the British Library, London (see P. Stocks and C. Colin (ed.), Subject – Guide to the Arabic Manuscripts in the British Library, London, 2001, pp.304-5, L. 1). See also Brockelmann: GAL, I. 265; suppl. I467.