AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA'IL AL-KHAYRAT, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on light brown paper, 345 leaves plus 3 fly-leaves, 6 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink within clouds against a gold ground, ruled with a frame of pink flower scrolls against a gold ground, the words Allah and Muhammad written in red, titles written in white against gold ground within floral cartouches, 4 polychrome and gold bifolia (ff.1b-2a, 119b-120a, 197b-198a and 300b-301a), illustrations of Mecca (f.50b) and Medina (f.51a), incomplete, in brown leather binding with gilt plaques
text panel: 17 by 9cm.
leaf: 23.1 by 13.2cm.
The margins are clean, minor stains and rubbing, some losses to the illumination and smudges, incomplete, some ownership inscriptions at the beginning and end, seals impressions, some scratches to the binding, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.60, pp.231-3.