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[ISLAMIC PRAYERBOOK].

An Illuminated Ottoman Prayerbook.

Containing religious teachings in poetic form, copied by Mir 'Abd al-Rahman al-Najjati.

Stock Code
102589
Karahisar, Ottoman Turkey, 1850
£2,500

A charming and elegantly decorated devotional prayerbook, copied by the scribe al-Najjati in the town of Karahisar; the place of birth of the master calligrapher and royal scribe of Suleyman I, Ahmed Karahisari. The present manuscript pays homage to the calligraphic techniques of naskh and thuluth coined by Karahisari, and is an example of the longevity and influence of master calligraphers in their hometowns.

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Description

Illuminated manuscript on paper, in Arabic, 6 leaves, complete, 160 by 110 mm.; single column, between 9 and 11 lines of black naskh, some leaves with panels of bold thuluth to the top, middle and end of each page, polychrome and gilt decorated panels and gilt roundels marking section of the text, [bound with] 6 leaves similar Du'a in Arabic, copied on pink paper in a similar hand, single column, 11 lines black naskh, illuminated head-piece and a full-pade decoration to final leaf; housed in hand-painted and ruled brown morocco boards, rebacked and lightly rubbed

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