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MSS 276, fols 16b–17a
MSS 276, fols 16b–17a

A Lavishly Illuminated Copy of al-Jazuli’s Dala’il al-Khayrat

MSS 276

Turkey, probably Istanbul

dated 1265 AH (1848–9 AD)

MSS 276, fols 16b–17a
MSS 276, fols 5b–6a
MSS 276, fols 15b–16a

A Lavishly Illuminated Copy of al-Jazuli’s Dala’il al-Khayrat

MSS 276

Turkey, probably Istanbul

dated 1265 AH (1848–9 AD)

ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; contemporary leather binding with silver and gilt decoration and embossed doublures

copied in naskh script; 13 lines to the page

84 folios; 18.4 X 11.5cm

The lavish illumination of this copy of al-Jazuli’s pious text includes headpieces; tail-pieces; and irregularly-shaped medallions in the margins. In addition, a double spread (folios 16b–17a) bears depictions of the Holy Sanctuary at Mecca and the Prophet’s mosque at Medina.

S. Vernoit, Occidentalism. Islamic Art in the 19th Century, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XXIII, London 1997, cat.15, p.36. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.288, p.253.