Isl. Ms. 235


[Calligraphic specimen,17th or 18th century?].[مرقع حسن الخط,القرن 17 او 18م؟].

Place/Date of Production:

[16-- or 17--?].


10 panels :paper ;252 x 168 (172 x 93) mm.


Fine album of calligraphy (muraqqaʻ or murakkaa) employing the text of assorted ḥadīth, executed by one Hamdî.

Other Title(s):

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Hadith--Texts--Early works to 1800.
Calligraphy, Arabic--Specimens.
Writing, Arabic--Specimens.
Islamic calligraphy--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن ابي هريرة رض قال قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم اذا مضى شطر الليل او ثلثاه ينزل الله تبارك وتعالى الى سماء الدنيا ..."


"وللخازن مثل ذلك لا ينقض بعضهم اجر بعض شيئا اللهم صل وسلم على اشرف الخلق محمد واله الطاهرين"


"Scribal," reads: "كتبه المذنب حمدى ۷۹"


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Physical Details:

Ten 'panels' (consisting of written area and border pieces mounted on another leaf) hinged together in accordian format (opens vertically) ; 'pagination' in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, appears in the upper left-hand corner of each panel.


Written in 5 lines per page, one large line in thuluth and four more compact lines in naskh ; written area divided to upper panel (accomodating the large line) and centered lower panel (for the shorter lines).


Fine specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; opening line of each page in thuluth ; four centered lines thereafter in naskh ; fully vocalized.


Written area surrounded by frame consisting of strips of marbled paper (in pink, blue, and white) flanked by white and green fillets and heavy and narrow gold bands outlined in black fillets ; panels within written area surrounded by narrow gold band ; textual dividers in the form illuminated rosettes with white, pink, red and blue accents ; additional illuminated floral accents appear above elongated horizontal strokes and elsewhere to set-off text.


Well-burnished European laid paper bordered by strips of marbled paper and tinted-frame (orange, pink, etc. though papers of facing panels match) ; watermark faintly visible in final panel but difficult to make out.


Pasteboards covered in golden olive-tinted and gold-flecked paper with black leather over board edges/turn-ins (leather edged / framed binding) ; board linings in yellow-tinted paper ; upper and lower covers carry gold-tooled and gold-painted rosettes and guilloché roll border ; panels hinged together with dark brown to black leather ; in fair condition with some abrasion and lifting of leather at board edges and joints/hinges (some split).

Former Shelfmarks:

"567 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover.


As appears in colophon, executed by one Ḥamdī [Hamdî] with possible date or number for this piece.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on interior of upper cover "567 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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


04 Hamdî, calligrapher. 04 حمدى، خطاط.


Abdul Hamid Collection.

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Posted by evyn on July 12, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued

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