AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, 18TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on cream paper, 193 leaves plus 9 fly-leaves, 11 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in gold, green, red and blue, verses separated by polychrome and gold rosettes, titles and surah headings in red or white cursive within gold and polychrome cartouches, f.2b and f.3a with an illuminated frontispiece, f.3b, f.30b, 34b and f.50b with a polychrome and gold heading (‘unwan), f.27a-29a with hilyas, illustrations of Mecca (f.49b) and Medina (f.50a), in brown gilt and stamped binding in modern leather gilt-stamped binding, with flap
text panel: 10 by 6.3cm.
leaf: 19.4 by 11.9cm.
The margins are overall clean, with minor smudges, holes and stains, some minor splits, the illuminations with some losses, the binding with minor damages, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.71, pp.267-271.