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[GENEAOLOGICAL SCROLL].

A vast genealogical scroll,

including a detailed linneage from Adam to Prophet Muhammad.

Stock Code
104997
India (ý), 1940
£8,500

Genealogical scrolls such as these began appearing in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Ottoman territories, often referred to as Subhat al-Akhbar. Their purpose was to demonstrate the lineage of Ottoman Sultans and authenticate their holy Islamic bloodlines through the Prophet Muhammad by descent from Adam (the first man). The present is one such example, but interestingly it ends with a reference to Hussein (grandson of the Prophet Muhammad) instead of an Ottoman Sultan, indicating that it was likely produced for a Shi'a patron.

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Description

Single vast illuminated scroll, formed of 31 membranes, containing a long and comprehensive lineage, complete, 1990 by 265 cm; single column, roundels containing names throughout the document, connected with interconnecting lines in gilt, names of prophets and important figures with names in roundels with additional decorations in red and blue, text in varying styles of naskh, illuminated head-piece opening the text and a small text-block closing the scroll, a few faint areas of browning and a few smudges to ink, overall in clean and crisp condition.

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