AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, NORTH INDIA, 19TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on gold-sprinkled cream paper, 178 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 7 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in gold, green, red and black, verses separated by black-outlined gold roundels, the word Allah picked out in red, the bifolia f.1b-2a and f.8b-9a with illuminated headings (‘unwan) and gold and polychrome borders, illustrations of Mecca (f.29b), Medina (f.30b) and the tombs of the first three Caliphs (f.31a), in modern leather gilt-stamped binding, with flap
text panel: 17.7 by 8.5cm.
leaf: 24.5 by 14cm.
The margins have been cropped but are clean, minor smudges and stains, some losses to the illumination, a tear on the page with the illustration of Mecca, minor holes, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.61, pp.234-7.
A copy of the Dala'il al-hayrat with similar depictions of Mecca and Medina and attributed to Central India was sold at Christie’s London, 10 October 2014, lot 373. One copy with the same dating and attribution is now in the British Library (inv.no.Or.16161, published in Porter 2012, pp.54-55) and another in the National Library of Israel, Jerusalem (inv.no.Ms.Yah.Ar.863, published on https://web.nli.org.il).