Album of Muraqqa‘at

ink, gold, opaque and translucent watercolour on paper; borders of coloured and marbled paper; leather binding with gilt-stamped medallions

written in thulth and naskh scripts

8 original pages mounted on 5 album folios; 14 x 20cm

The manuscript contains a collection of hadiths and aphorisms, arranged in a traditional layout of one line of thulth and two or more of naskh, written in a horizontal format. The calligraphy is of the highest quality, a fact noticed by previous owner of the manuscript who wrote in Turkish, ‘Hafiz ‘Uthman, at the height of his career’ on folio 1a. 

N.F. Safwat, The Art of the Pen. Calligraphy of the 14th to 20th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume V, London 1996, cat.58, p.124.