Mahmud Ben El-Husein
Copied and illuminated in Hamadhan, Iran by Mahmud ibn al-Husayn al- Kirmani, the scribe,1164 CE (H 559). In Arabic with Arabic Gloss. Written in Naskhi. Front matter preserved only partially: pagescript. 17 lines to a page. Richly decorated; Elaborate surah titles and marginal markers. Cream covered heavy paper original; repairs with Venetian paper. Black leather binding, embossed with gold but not original. Contents: Complete text of Qur'an written in black ink, Arabic gloss written in red ink. Between the time of its copying and its donation as waqf (pious donation), found in the margins of folio 2a, by Amīr Ahmad Jāwīsh (d. 1786) to the al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, the manuscript underwent many repairs and emandations. Geometrically elaborated double page finispiece (212c and 213a) bears inscription: written and decorated by Mahmūd ibn al-Husayn al- Kirmānī, the scribe, at the end of the month of Jumada the First, of the year 559 A.H. (April 25, 1164 AD). 215 folios.
Purchased from Dimitri Andalaft; subscription of Eldridge R. Johnson, 1919
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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