- Calligraphic specimen
مرقع حسن الخط
- Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, former owner
Şeyh Hamdullah, calligrapher
شيخ حمد الله، خطاط
Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 244
Origin: In colophon, attributed to "Ḥamd Allāh al-maʻrūf bi-Ibn al-Shaykh," Şeyh Hamdullah of Amasya, with date of transcription is not specified. Colophon is questionable though attribution for most of the kıta'lar is likely accurate would suggest completion in the late 15th or early 16th century. Pieced and mounted at a later date, even late 16th or 17th century, with some repairs and replacements supplied.
Former shelfmark: "335 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" on verso of final panel ; "100" inscriped in pencil at opening.
Binding: Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather ; hinged together with red-brown leather in accordion format ; doublures in dark slate blue leather with border and area of mandorla and cornerpieces (on reverse) gold-flecked and lined in gold ; upper and lower covers carry superb stamped and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal decoration, compare Déroche class. NSd 7), pendants and cornerpieces, along with gold-painted accents and tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps approaching a guilloché roll ; overall in good condition with only minor abrasion and lifting of leather at board edges.
Support: Well-burnished laid paper (repaired in many places) pieced and set into an elaborate frame of decorative papers, the outermost being richly colored marbled paper of several types and adjacent to it a border of pieced colored papers, some also gold-flecked ; other decorative papers fill the remaining areas surrounding the text ; specimens and borders mounted on leaves of well-burnished European laid paper.
Decoration: Gold-flecked or painted decorative papers often flank lower panel carrying lines of naskh ; written area (and panels within) surrounded by frames consisting of gold and red-orange rules ; textual dividers in the form of illuminated rosettes.
Script: Exquisite specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; large line of each page in thuluth ; lines of each page in naskh ; fully vocalized ; each continues a distinct stream of text.
Layout: Written mainly in 6 or 9 lines per page, a large line of thuluth and 5 or 8 compact lines of naskh (alternating pages carrying 5 or 8 lines) with lines in thuluth and those in naskh constituting two distinct streams of text ; written area divided into upper panel accommodating the large line and centered lower panel accommodating the more compact lines ; 8 lines of naskh mainly written on the diagonal.
Collation: Twelve 'panels' hinged together in accordion format ; panels are numbered on the verso with Hindu-Arabic numerals in black ink beginning with ٣.
Colophon: "Scribal," reads: "كتبها حمد الله المعروف بابن الشيخ حامدا الله تعالى على نعمه ومصليا على نبيه محمد واله الطيبين الطاهرين اجمعين"
Explicit: [thuluth] "الخط الحسن نزهة العين وريحانة القلوب انه ولي الهداية والتوفيق" ; [naskh] "اذا استشرت الجاهل اختار لك الباطل"
Incipit: [thuluth] "بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم سئل كسرى انوشروان ما ..." ; [naskh] "بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم وبه ثقتي وسئل كسرى ما بالكم اليوم اذ كنتم احق بتعليم الناس اشد استغلالا بالتعلم ..."
Title supplied by cataloguer.
Superb album of calligraphy (muraqqaʻ or murakkaa) employing mainly hadīth pertaining to sentiments of Kisrá Anūshirvān (Khosrow or Khusraw I, d.579), with most of the kıt'alar executed by the celebrated Ottoman calligrapher Şeyh Hamdullah of Amasya (d.1520).
- Holding institution:
- University of Michigan
- Data provider:
- University of Michigan
- 12 panels : paper ; 238 x 175 (129 x 95) mm.
- Khosrow I, King of Persia, -579 Quotations.
Islamic calligraphy Specimens.
Writing, Arabic Specimens.
Calligraphy, Arabic Specimens.
Calligraphy, Ottoman Specimens.
Hadith Texts Early works to 1800.
- Public Domain
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