AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED BY KHAN YUNUS KHAN BAHU, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, DATED 1223 AH/1808 AD
AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED BY KHAN YUNUS KHAN BAHU, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, DATED 1223 AH/1808 AD
AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED BY KHAN YUNUS KHAN BAHU, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, DATED 1223 AH/1808 AD
AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED BY KHAN YUNUS KHAN BAHU, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, DATED 1223 AH/1808 AD
AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED BY KHAN YUNUS KHAN BAHU, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, DATED 1223 AH/1808 AD
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AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED BY KHAN YUNUS KHAN BAHU, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, DATED 1223 AH/1808 AD

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP

AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED BY KHAN YUNUS KHAN BAHU, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, DATED 1223 AH/1808 AD

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot Sold:5,250GBP

Lot Details

Description

AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED BY KHAN YUNUS KHAN BAHU, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, DATED 1223 AH/1808 AD


Arabic manuscript on paper, 96 leaves plus 4 fly-leaves, 15 lines to the page, the text written in black naskh divided into two sections decorated by floral scrolls, alternating with 3 lines of black thuluth against a gold ground, some words in red, 8 illuminated double pages, densely decorated with interlacing flowers on a blue and gold ground, one gold and polychrome heading (‘unwan), f.11b and 12a with paintings of Mecca and Medina, in lacquered Kashmiri binding decorated with flowers


19.5 by 11.8cm.

Condition Report

In generally good condition, the margins are clean, page occasionally numbered with European numerals in pencil, minor stains and smudges, one leaf slightly detached, minor losses to the paintings, the binding restored and with minor occasional losses, as viewed.


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Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

The current copy of Al-Jazuli's Dalai'l al-Khayrat not only provides us with the name of the scribe, Khan Yunus Khan Bahu, but also a very precise date, Sha’ban 1223 AH (September 1808 AD). The two illustrations of Mecca and Medina are very fine and decorated with little details from local architecture or works of art, such as the two bidri ewers on the Medina illustration. Another Dala'il al-Khayrat copied just three years earlier with closely comparable illumination was sold at Christie’s London, 27 October 2010, lot 40.

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