London, South Kensington
18 April 2016
ABU ‘ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD BIN AHMAD BIN MUHAMMAD IBN MARZUQ (D. 1380 AD): QASIDA AL-BURDA (POEM OF THE MANTLE) AND ITS COMMENTARY
OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1278/1861-62 AD
Arabic and Turkish manuscript on paper, 157ff. plus five fly-leaves, the first section with the Poem of the Mantle each folio with 16ll. of elegant thuluth script, followed by its commentary with 19ll. on black naskh script, chapters heading and important words in red, in original brown binding with flap and gilt highlights
Folio 9 5/8x 6 1/8in. (24.5 x 15.5 cm.)
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This poem, originally titled Al-kawakib al-durriya fi madh khayr al-bariya (Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation) is commonly known as Qasida al-Burda or Poem of the Mantle. The 160 verses are followed by a commentary by Ibn Marzuq.
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