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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Manuscript of the First Volume of the Sahih of Bukhari
Work Type
Creation Place: Middle East
Ottoman period
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Physical Descriptions

Illumination with text; ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, with leather binding
25.4 x 17.1 x 3 cm (10 x 6 3/4 x 1 3/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[Sotheby's, London 6 July 1976], sold; to Edwin Binney, 3rd, 1976, bequest; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1985.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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This is an illuminated copy of the first volume of Bukhari's Sahih, one of the six canonical hadith collections of sunni Islam. The manuscript consists of 251 unpaginated folios. The ownership seal on the first folio has been scraped off. There is an illuminated roundel with four pendants on its axes at the beginning of the manuscript. However the name has been scraped off from its inscription. The text folios begin with a beautiful illuminated double page. The text is copied in muhaqqaq and rayhani scripts in 17 lines per page with black ink with section headings in gold. The colophon at the end of the text gives the date as 12 Dhul-hijja 857 (14 December 1453) and the name of the scribe which has been scraped off. There are some marginal notes and corrections on the text. The manuscript has a stamped leather binding with flap, but it has been rebound with European-style spine.

Publication History

  • Edwin Binney III, Turkish Treasures from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd, exh. cat., Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, 1979), page 2/figure 1

Exhibition History

  • The Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/16/1987 - 08/02/1987

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