Description This non-original binding from Walters manuscript W.651 dates to the 13th century AH/AD 19th. The binding is composed of Qajar lacquer and is without a flap. The binding has floral motifs in the center panel, and an Arabic inscription in Riqa' script in the top and bottom panels quoting Imam "Ali ibn Abi Talib and highlighting the exercise of elegant writing as a means of income.
Provenance Mahmud Askani, 1893-1894, by purchase [ownership statement on fol. 6b written by Husayn Qavam Daftar (?) and dated 1311 AH/AD 1893-1894 stating that this precious book was bought for his son Mahmud Askani from a woman for 10 ashrafis (gold dinars)]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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