[Devotional book].

Manuscript, Book
[Iran?], 1771 or 1772.
1 online resource (70 foliated leaves) : paper, illuminations, illustrations


Summary note
Devotional book containing selections from the Qurʼān, several illuminated seals (muhr) and calligraphic drawings with the names of God, the Prophet Muḥammad, other Imams and family members; three blank pages at the end have been prepared for drawing but left unfilled (f. 69v-70v).
  • A letter dated November 1, 1923 to Edwin Wolf from Cyrus Adler of the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning describing the manuscript is laid inches.
  • Binding: Bound in paper with large, gilded flower and frame; remnants of a red spine.
  • Decoration: All pages have gold, foliate marginal fill; textblock is border-ruled in a wide gold band with a repeating geometric pattern in black and a narrow, red outside rule. Illuminated headpiece in gold with red, blue, and green on first opening (f. 1v); all section titles are in white ink on a gold background outlined in a colored box. Polychrome floral medallions in the margins and gold, lobed circles with orange and blue dots mark verse endings. 16 pages of illuminations and illustrations (f. 61v-69r).
  • Foliation: Modern foliation added in pencil, upper left recto; catchwords every verso, lower left.
  • Layout: Written in 9 long lines; border-ruled.
  • Manuscript codex.
  • Origin: Copied in 1158 A.H. (1771 or 1772 C.E.) by Muṣṭafá al-maʻrūf bi-Kūtāhī (f. 60r).
  • Script: Written in naskh in black ink; pointed, vocalized.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
Location of originals
  • Original Columbia, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • OPenn University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Language note
Source acquisition
Gift of Blanche Wolf Kohn, Bryn Mawr College 1908, on 2 June 1958.
Publications about
Gruber, Christiane. The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images. Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana Univerisity Press, 2019; pages 252 one reproduced image.
Cite as
Bryn Mawr College Libraries BV 53
Other title(s)
Qurʼan. Selections
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