Mahmud Ben El-Husein
Made in Cairo (?) by Mahmud Ben El-Husein of Kirman, 1164 AD. In Persian with Arabic Commentary. Written in Naskhi. First two pages have Kufic script. 17 lines to a page. Richly, artistically decorated. Seven Unwans. Gold ruled margins and gold titles. Cream covered heavy paper. Black leather binding embossed with gold. Contents: Complete text of Koran written in black ink, Arabic commentary written in red ink. page. 2a-an inscription that this manuscript was "waqf" or the pious donation to a mosque by Amir Djawish. page. 212c and 213a-written and decorated by Mahmud ben Al-Husein, the calligrapher from Kirman, at the end of the month of Jumada the First, of the year 559 A.H. (April 25, 1164 AD) . 215 folios. Transcribed by Mahmud b. al-Husayn.
Purchased from Dimitri Andalaft; subscription of Eldridge R. Johnson
Current & Past Exhibitions:
4th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: Writing the East: History and New Technologies in the Study of Asian Manuscript Traditions (22 Oct 2011 - 22 Oct 2011)
Toward a 'Biography' of a Manuscript: a project in the history of a book (22 Feb 2013)
Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World (15 Aug 2015 - 07 Nov 2015)
[Article] Negahban, Ezat O. 1989. "Persian Caligraphy: the Development of an Art Form". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 31 (1): 26-39.
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[Journal] Ettinghausen, Richard. "A Signed and Dated Seljuk Qur'an".
[Article] Cole, Blake. An Illuminating Experience. Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine. Spring/Summer 2013: 11.
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