London, South Kensington
18 April 2016
MUHAMMAD BIN SULAYMAN AL-JAZULI (D. 1465 AD): DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT
KASHMIR, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1800
A renowned prayer book in praises of the Prophet Muhammad, 112ff. with 18 added leaves, each with 11ll. of bold black thuluth script, the name of Muhammad, Allah and other important words picked out in red, with interlinear Persian translation in red nasta'liq script, text within gold and black rules, each folio with gold and polychrome illuminated floral margins, with catchwords, the opening bifolio heavily illuminated in gold and polychrome, a further 9 bifolios similarly illuminated throughout, prayers and index before and after the main text, in contemporaneous Kashmiri floral lacquer binding
Text panel 5 1/8 x 2 ¾in. (12.8 x 6.8cm.); folio 7 ½ x 4 7/8in. (19 x 12.3cm.)
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