Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 239

Title:

[Calligraphic specimen,18th or 19th century?].[مرقع حسن الخط,القرن 18 او 19م؟].

Calligrapher:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!


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Place/Date of Production:

[17-- or 18--?].

Size:

9 leaves :paper ;175 x 248 (93 x 164) mm.

Summary:

Fine album of calligraphy (muraqqaʻ or murakkâ) employing alphabetic exercises (müfredat).

Other Title(s):

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Subject(s):

Calligraphy, Arabic--Specimens.
Writing, Arabic--Specimens.
Islamic calligraphy--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.

Incipit:

"رب يسر ولاتعسر رب تمم بالخير وه"

Explicit:

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Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:
Collation:

Nine leaves or 'panels' originally hinged together.

Layout:

Written in two lines per page.

Script:

A fine thuluth.

Decoration:

Written area surrounded by gold-stamped border in interlocking geometric design ; written area divided into rectangular panels by gold rules ; often a white fillet appears at the center of the gold-flecked frame.

Support:

Well-burnished laid paper set into heavy (likely thin pasteboard) painted and gold-flecked frame, edged in green silk ; colors of facing panels match (orange, purple, and green).

Binding:

Unbound ; leaves/'panels' were originally hinged together via green silk and adhesive ; paper has been wrapped around the long (horizontal) edge to join the leaves and form a spine ; 'panels' are delaminating and separating from one another ; some abrasion ; currently housed in envelope.

Former Shelfmarks:

"561 T. D. M.[?]" inscribed in pencil on spine 'lining' where it extends onto upper cover ; "112" inscriped in pencil at opening.

Origin:

Lacks dated colophon ; likely 18th or 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil "561 T. Dell [or T.D.M?]" and "112" may be former owners' or inventory marks ; clean copy.

Acquisition:

Acquired by purchase (funds donated by Horace Rackham).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

References:

Brocade of the pen : the art of Islamic writing. Carol Garrett Fisher, ed. (East Lansing, MI: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, 1991),no.10, p.84Zakariya, Mohamed. "Islamic calligraphy: A technical overview." In Brocade of the pen: the art of Islamic writing. Carol Garrett Fisher, ed. (East Lansing, MI: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, 1991):1-17

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Posted by evyn on March 16, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued

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rim on paragraph 4:

Rabi yasser w la touasser rabi tamem bilkhairi w

March 20, 2010 10:11 am
rim on paragraph 4:

God make it easy and not difficult

March 20, 2010 10:13 am

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