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Book of prayers

Type
Manuscript
Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Sayyid-Ali al-Hamdi (Hafiz al-Qur'an)
Historical period(s)
Ottoman period, January 1715 (Muharram 1127 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, color and gold on paper
Dimension(s)
H x W: 23.5 x 41.1 cm (9 1/4 x 16 3/16 in)
Geography
Turkey
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.482
Description
Manuscript; Book of prayers; Arabic in black naskh script, colophon in tawqi' script; illuminated headings in white; 197 folios with 6 double-page illumination (fols.173-178 recto and 172-177 verso),1 sarlawh (folio 1 verso), 1 unwan (folio 10 verso); colophon (folio 195 recto); standard page: 1 column, 7 lines.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in leather over paper pasteboards with a gilt medallion, cornerpieces, and doublures of leather decorated with gilt. The envelop flap has a border and surface identical to that on the upper and lower covers.

Folio 195 recto: Written by the poor slave Sayyid-Ali al- Hamdi, known as Hafiz al-Qur'an, in the beginning of the holy month of Muharram in the year [A.H.] one thousand hundred and twenty-seven [A.D. January 1715].

1899
Sale, Hôtel Drouot, in 1899 [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France [4]

Notes:

[1] "Unidentified Hôtel Drouot sale catalogue, 1899, no. 3," see Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 412.

[2] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 27-28, no. 36.

[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Former owner
Henri Vever (1854 - 1942)
Francois Mautin (French, born 1907)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Keyword(s)
Henri Vever collection, naskh script, Ottoman period (1307 - 1922), prayer, Turkey, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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