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Monday, February 18, 2013

Ancient Manuscript Review 107 : Antique Ottoman Sufi Manuscript ( 1255 AH)

This is an Ottoman Sufi manuscript written old Turkish language in Nastaliq script on oriental paper. The title page is plainly decorated with red ink whereas the main text in black. Main titles & quotations as well as diacritical marks in red. Written in 1255 AH ( 1839 CE) by AsSaid Muhammad Al Wibi. The binding of this manuscript is beautifully lacquered with flowery designs.

I acquired this manuscript from Istanbul in 2013 from a dear friend. The main reason why I am attracted to this manuscript is because of its beautiful lacquer covers. The design is a typical Ottoman design. Compare these Ottoman lacquer bindings with my other lacquered bindings as below :
Indian Kashmiri Lacquer Binding
Persian Lacquer Panel

Title Page : f2r ( I couldn't figure out the title of this manusript)
Content    : Islamic Sufism
Date         : 1255 AH ( 1839 CE)
Copyist    : AsSaid Muhammad Al Wibi
Patron      : Nil
Origin      : Turkey
Place acquired : Istanbul
Illuminations : Nil
Calligraphy :Nastaliq
Number of lines :15 line per page
Inks          : Main text in black with titles, quotations & diacritical marks in red
Frame       :  double red lines
History of Manuscript :
Number of folios :36ff
Support of writing : Light yellowish oriental paper
Gatherings : 3Quinon + 6ff
Catchwords : first word of subsequent verso page on lower left of preceeding recto page in red
Dimensions : 15.0 cm x 10.0 cm
Binding   :Dark Brownish leather cover with lacquered flowery design
Estimated Market Price :
Purchased Price : USD
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