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Devotional book, 1771-1772 C.E.; 1158 A.H.

Identifier: BV 53


Devotional book containing selections from the Qurʼān, several illuminated seals (muhr), and calligraphic drawings with the names of God, the Prophet Muḥammad, other Imams and family members. Three blank pages at the end have been prepared for drawing but left unfilled (f. 69v-70v).


  • Creation: 1771-1772 C.E.; 1158 A.H.


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Copied in 1158 A.H. (1771 or 1772 C.E.) by Muṣṭafá al-maʻrūf bi-Kūtāhī (f. 60r).

Other Related Names

  1. Kūtāhī, Muṣṭafá, active 1771, scribe كوتاهي، مصطفى،
  2. Kohn, Blanche Wolf, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Blanche Wolf Kohn, Bryn Mawr College 1908, on 2 June 1958.

Related Materials

A digitized version of this manuscript can be found online at:


Iranica: Modes of Transmission by Benjamin Anderson and Yael Rice, Rhys Carpenter Library, September 2005.

Physical Description

Manuscript codex. Title supplied by cataloger. A letter dated November 1, 1923 to Edwin Wolf from Cyrus Adler of the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning describing the manuscript is laid in.

Paper support.

Bound in paper with large, gilded flower and frame; remnants of a red spine.

70 foliated leaves : 175 x 120 (108 x 54) mm bound to 175 x 127 mm

Written in 9 long lines; border-ruled.

Written in naskh in black ink; pointed, vocalized.

All pages have gold, foliate marginal fill; textblock is border-ruled in a wide gold band with a repeating geometric pattern in black and a narrow, red outside rule. Illuminated headpiece in gold with red, blue, and green on first opening (f. 1v); all section titles are in white ink on a gold background outlined in a colored box. Polychrome floral medallions in the margins and gold, lobed circles with orange and blue dots mark verse endings. 16 pages of illuminations and illustrations (f. 61v-69r).

Modern foliation added in pencil, upper left recto; catchwords every verso, lower left.

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