William J. Trezise collection of Arabic calligraphy.

[between 9--? and 19--?]
10 boxes


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Summary note
A collection of 132 leaves of Arabic calligraphy dating from the 10th to 20th centuries and representing major areas of Islamic civilization. The collection includes several illuminated Qurʾānic leaves, as well as examples of hadith, the life of the Prophet, works of philosophy and alchemy, and a wooden writing tablet from Nigeria. In addition there are 21 other items such as a Qurʻānic carrying case, a Hand of Fāṭimah, and lithographs by David Roberts (1796-1864).
Ms. leaves and other items.
  • 1. Box 1, items 1-20: Calligraphy samples from Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran and India.
  • 2. Box 2, items 21-24, 26-33, 35, 37-40: Calligraphy samples from North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan.
  • 3. Box 3, items 41-48, 50-51, 54-55, 58-60: Calligraphy samples from North Africa, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, and India.
  • 4. Box 4, items 61-70, 72-80: Calligraphy samples from North Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, and India.
  • 5. Box 5, items 81-91, 93-99: Calligraphy samples from Egypt, Turkey, and India.
  • 6. Box 6, items 101-114, 117-120, 122: Calligraphy samples from North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey, Iran, and India. No. 114 is a miniature of the raja of Jodhpur. No. 117-118 are David Roberts lithographs of Egypt and Palestine. No. 119-120 are North African engravings. No. 122 is a steel engraving of Antioch.
  • 7. Box 7, items 25, 92, 121: No. 25 is a printed page from the Qurʾān. No. 92 is an illuminated calligraphic sample from Egypt. No. 121 is an American map of Syria.
  • 8. Box 8, item 34: Perpetual calendar.
  • 9. Box 9, items 36, 49, 52-53, 56-56A, 115-116: No. 36 is a Qurʾānic litho block. No. 49 is a Nigerian writing tablet. No. 52-53, 56-56A are Palestinian tiles. No. 115 is a North African Hand of Fatimah. No. 116 is a gold and silver Qurʻān carrying case.
  • 10. Box 10, items 57, 71, 100: Calligraphic samples from Turkey, Iraq, and Iran.
Source acquisition
Gift; William J. Trezise, 2002/1/15.
Other title(s)
Qurʼan. Selections
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