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Calligraphic Album, 1889-1890 C.E.; 1307 A.H.

Identifier: BV 58


Calligraphic album of a selection of aphorisms of the Prophet Muḥammad written by the calligrapher Ḥasan Riżā. The pages are heavy card with the first and last leaf as a single sheet and all other leaves as sets of two sheets adhered together with ribbon lining the edges. The paired leaves are all beginning to separate.


  • Creation: 1889-1890 C.E.; 1307 A.H.


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Copy completed in 1307 A.H. (1889 or 1890) by Ḥasan Riżā (f. 4r, 7r).


  1. Riżā, Ḥasan, active 1889 رضا، حسن

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Physical Description

Manuscript codex. Title supplied by cataloger.

Paper supoport.

Bound in red leather over pasteboard (Type III) with gilt stamped and tooled central mandorla and frame. Bright green painted doublure.

7 leaves : 300 x 235 (220 x 160) mm bound to 302 x 237 mm

Three layouts: 1) Three larger lines with two sets of 4 or 5 lines between each set of larger lines, 2) Two larger lines at the head and tail of the page with 7 to 11 lines in the middle, 3) Four larger lines with three sets of two lines in between. All pages border-ruled and framed in blue paper.

Larger lines written in thuluth and smaller lines written in naskh in black ink; pointed, vocalized.

The textblock of each page is border-ruled in gold, bright pink, gold, blue; a light blue paper frame is fitted to each page with a dark blue ribbon along the page edges. Small headpiece of gold foliate fill on a blue half circle with a scalloped edge (f. 1v); smaller script lines are inset with the space between the line ends and the border-rule decorated with gold and polychrome foliate fill on a blue background, outlined in gold. Gold roundels with a variety of decorative flourishes punctuate the text and small gold flowers appear throughout.

Modern foliation added in pencil, upper left recto.

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