Description Walters manuscript W.585, a work on Sufism in the form of questions entitled Khawatim al-hikam is by 'Ali Dede al-Busnawi (died 1007 AH/AD 1598). This particular Ottoman copy was written in Nasta'liq script by Mustafá ibn al-Hajj Muhammad in 1081 AH/AD 1670. The Arabic text begins with an illuminated headpiece (fol. 1b). The red leather binding with central lobed oval with arabesques on a gold ground is contemporary with the manuscript.
Provenance Muhammad ibn Zadah al-Ayyubi, 1117 AH/AD 1705 [mode of acquisition unknown] [ex libiris fol. 1a]; Vizier al-Shahid 'Ali Pasha, 1130 AH/AD 1717 (?) [mode of acquisition unknown] [waqf seal of the Vizier on fol. 1a (erased) and on fol. 210b dated 1130 AH/AD 1717 with former shelf mark 1173]; 'Ali [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [ex libiris fol. 1a]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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