31 March 2009
COPIED BY 'ABU AL-FATH AL-TABRIZI IN AMID (DIYARBEKIR), TURKEY, DATED AH 974/1566-67 AD
Arabic manuscript on cream paper, 406ff. plus 3 fly-leaves, each folio with 11ll. of black naskh, text panels between gold and polychrome rules, catchwords, gold and polychrome roundel verse markers, gold and polychrome marginal medallions, sajada, juz' and nisf juz', marked in the margins in gold or red, very occasional further marginal notation in black, sura headings in gold in clouds reserved against pink hatched ground within gold and polychrome illuminated panels, opening bifolio with gold and polychrome illumination framing 5ll. of gold text in clouds reserved against gold, colophon with similarly illuminated borders surrounding text in clouds reserved against gold, signed Abu al-Fath al-Tabrizi and dated 974, in red morocco with stamped central medallion and borders, doublures with composite découpé lattice
Text panel 6¾ x 3¾in. (17.4 x 9.7cm.); folio 10 7/8 x 7cm. (27.7 x 18cm.)
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Amid is the ancient name of the city of Diarbekir. Abu al-Fath al-Tabrizi has signed an undated album page now in the Topkapi (M. Bayani, Ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. IV, Teheran, 1358 sh., p.8).
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