Lot n° 20
800 - 1200
Result with fees
: 1 235EUR
LIVRE DE PRIÈRES ENLUMINÉ ET ILLUSTRÉ, SIGNÉ PAR LE MAITRE ET SON ÉLÈVE, ET DATÉ
BY MUSTAFA HILMI AND HAJ MUHAMMAD AL-WAFI, TURKEY, OTTOMAN ART, 1871-72
Arabic and Ottoman manuscript on paper, 125 ff. including 8 blanks, 9 ll. per page. Key words in black and red ink, inscribed in naskh, in cartouches illuminated in gold and polychrome. Gold verse markers. Titles in red or black in gilded registers. Illuminated marginal medallion at the end of sura al-Nâs (f. 24v.). Illuminated frontispiece and next double page. Colophon signed and dated (f. 85r) giving the name of the calligrapher and his master: Mustafa Hilmi wa ustâdha-hu al-Hâj Muhammad al-Wasfi and the date in hegira 1288. Bound in brown leather with gilded decoration.
Size: 11.5 x 6 cm (text); 18.5 x 12.5 cm (page).
Private collection, Rennes.
A manuscript of the same type and by the same calligrapher was sold at Christie's, Art of the Islamic World, London, October 20, 2016, lot 184.
This text opens with a prayer, followed by Qur'anic verses and prayers in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish. Then follow, from leaves 30r to 51r, calligraphic diagrams of the Name of the Great Sacred Seal (muhr-i kabir-i Sharif), the Name of God, the Prophet, the Hilyah of the Adam, Noah, the Prophet of Islam, the Four Caliphs, Hassan and Husayn, the Name of the Four Caliphs, the names of the chosen companions and Hasan and Husayn, the names of the companions in the cave (the seven sleepers of Ephesus) and their dog, four Koranic and prayer seals, the seal of prophecy (muhr-i nubuwwat), the great seal of Solomon, the second great sacred seal, the Hand of the Prophet (panjah in 51v), the Dhu al-Fiqar of Ali in 52r, the Footprint of the Prophet in 52v (qadam), the Sandal of the Prophet in 53r (na'layn), the shape of the letter 'Ayn in 53v, the Staff of Moses in 54r, the Prophet's Axe in 54v, The Flower in 55r, the Prophet's Standard in 55v (livâ), the Prophet's relics in 56r (hirqah), the Glorious Station in 56v (maqâm mahmûd), a table in 57r , and ends with two pages of Banners in 57v and 58r.
Other prayers include those for wealth, gratitude and blessings, and prayers for the end of Quran recitation, New Year and Ramadan.
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