Walters Ms. W.582, Poem in honor of the Prophet Muhammad
- Type of resource
- Mixed material
- Iran (or Turkey?)
- Date created
- Foliation Statement
- Foliation: ii+23+ii
- 25.5 x 16.5cm
- Writing Block
- 13.0 x 6.5cm
- Written on versos
- Layout Columns
- Layout Ruled Lines
- Layout Notes
- Text laid out in five panels inscribed in different scripts and in red, blue, black, and gold
- Hand Note
- Written in polychrome vocalized text using the following scripts: thuluth, naskh, and muḥaqqaq for the main text, riqāʿ for the colophon
- Probably dates to the later twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE, contemporary with the inlaid margins; red goatskin (with flap); central lobed oval with pendants and cornerpieces; doublures of black leather with central lobed oval and pendants brushed with gold
- Digital origin
- reformatted digital
- Cream glazed paper for main panels; multi-colored paper for inlaid margins
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The Walters Art Museum holdings of 850 medieval illuminated manuscripts and 150 single leaves, ranging in date from the ninth to the 19th century, are one of the most significant medieval collections in North America. The physical manuscripts remain at the Walters; digital surrogates are available for scholarship via the Stanford Digital Repository., The Walters Art Museum holdings of 850 medieval illuminated manuscripts and 150 single leaves, ranging in date from the ninth to the 19th century, are one of the most significant medieval collections in North America. The physical manuscripts remain at the Walters; digital surrogates are available for scholarship via the Stanford Digital Repository.
- Digital collection
- 481 digital items
This is an illuminated copy of the famous poem in honor of the Prophet Muhammad, popularly known as Qaṣīdat al-burdah (Poem of the mantle), composed by Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Būṣīrī (d. 694 AH / 1294 CE). The text was written in a variety of scripts in the eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE. According to the colophon, written in riqāʿ script, it was executed by Ḥabīb Allāh ibn Dūst Muḥammad al-Khwārizmī. The text of the poem begins on fol. 5b. Each page has borders of various colors with illuminated floral and geometric motifs. The borders and brown leather binding date to the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W582/description.html
- Alternative title
- Qaṣīdat al-burdah
- قصيدة البردة
- The primary language in this manuscript is Arabic.
- Decoration Note
- Margins decorated with floral and geometrical designs, the latter in the form of stamp-like pendants
- fol. 1b Incipit page with illuminated headpiece Incipit; headpiece The codex opens with this decorated incipit page with an illuminated rectangular headpiece. The page has five inner panels of text executed in the following scripts: muḥaqqaq (gold), naskh (black), and thuluth (blue).
- fol. 5b Incipit page with illuminated headpiece Incipit The poem begins on this illuminated page. The central panel is framed by decorated margins and a domed headpiece. The text itself is divided into four panels executed in naskh (black) and thuluth (gold and blue) scripts.
- fol. 23a Illuminated explicit page with colophon Explicit; colophon This is the final illuminated page in the codex. The last panel contains the colophon, written in riqāʿ script, giving the name of the scribe as Ḥabīb Allāh ibn Dūst Muḥammad al-Khwārizmī.
- Date Note
- 11th century AH / 17th CE
- Two erased large seals (fol. 1a)
- Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest
- Referenced by
- Brockelmann, Carl. Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (New York; Köln: E.J. Brill, 1996), 1: 308; S1: 467.
- Qaṣīdat al-burdah
- Alternative title:
- قصيدة البردة
- fols. 1b - 23b
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