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Identification and Creation
Object Number
11.2015
Title
Illustrated Manuscript of Prayers
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript
Date
1851
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Turkey
Period
Ottoman period
Culture
Ottoman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/352086
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, colors, and gold on paper; dark brown leather binding
Dimensions
15.5 x 11 cm (6 1/8 x 4 5/16 in.)
Provenance
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, Geneva, Switzerland (by 2014), by descent; to her son Abolala Soudavar, Houston, Texas (2014), loan; to Harvard Art Museums, 2015.

Note:
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar (1913-2014) formed this collection over a period of sixty years. She purchased the works of art on the international art market.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Loan from A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar
Object Number
11.2015
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The small manuscript opens with an illuminated sarlawh and decorated margins. The text is copied in naskh, 11 lines to a page. It was penned by Sayyid Mustafa al-Raf'ati in H. 1268 (1851) according to its colophon, which also mentions that the scribe was a pupil of “Hafiz al-Qur'an” Ahmed al-Nazifi. The text is ruled with a thick single line in well-bunished gold. Folia 18v-19r display two illustrations of the Ka`ba in Mecca and the Prophet's mosque (Masjid al-Haram) in Medina.
The dark brown leather binding is decorated with a shamsa in the centre, surrounded by leaves and flowers in gold and silver, all enclosed by tooled borders. The binding is contemporary Ottoman style. The inside cover is dark green paper with embossed floral patterns.
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