[Qurʼān selections and prayers].

Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[India?], [between 1700 and 1850?]
1 online resource (1 + 4 leaves +141 foliated leaves + 1) : Laid paper, illuminations


Former owner
Summary note
Excerpts from the Qurʼān and short prayers; likely a practice copy as script spacing, word divisions, and verse ending decorations are not regular.
  • Decoration: Illumination includes a sequence of border frames, mostly unwritten, and incomplete, in red, black, blue, and green (f. 1v-4r), two in-text foliate banners in pale yellow (f. 20r, f. 118r), and a full-page finispiece (f. 139r), lobed roudels in red, yellow, and green often mark verse ends, but sometimes merely decorate the verses (see for example, f. 39r), or appear mid-verse (f. 67r, 69r, for example). Infill of red or yellow dots in some bismallāh headers (f. 79r, 81r, 90r, 128v).
  • Foliation: Modern western foliation added in pencil, upper left recto; catchwords on versos, lower left.
  • Layout: 4 long lines.
  • Manuscript codex.
  • Origin: Likely written in India in the 18th or 19th century.
  • Script: Bihari in black ink; pointed and vocalized; often cramped on the left margin or a word is split and continues on the following line.
  • Shelfmark: MS Or 96.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
Location of originals
  • Original Columbia, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • OPenn University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Source of description
Item cataloged from digital facsimile and existing description.
Binding note
Islamic binding. Full red leather binding with tooling and paper onlays. Fore-edge and envelope flap. Yellow paper endleaves, green paper envelope flap lining. Endbands with chevron-pattern secondary sewing.
Language note
Name of previous owner (ṣāḥibah) has been pasted over (f. 1r).
Source acquisition
Gift of David Eugene Smith, 1931-1934.
Other format(s)
Also available as a digital facsimile.
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