Dala'il al-khayrat (Guide to good deeds)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink, color and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 16.5 x 11 cm (6 1/2 x 4 5/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Manuscript; Dala'il al-khayrat (Guide to good deeds); Arabic in black and red naskh script; vocalized in red; 66 folios with 2 illustrations in gold silhouette (fols. 10 verso, 11 recto) and 1 illuminated heading (folio 1 verso); standard page: one column, thirteen lines with marginal writings.
    Binding: The manuscript is bound in red leather over paper pasteboards with gold and blind tooling on the exterior covers and doublures of green-colored paper. The envelop flap has a surface and a border identical to that on the upper and lower covers.
  • Provenance

    From at least 1906 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), acquired from an unrecorded source by at least 1906 [1]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]
    [1] See Reserved Book List, R. 6013.7, on the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This was one of a lot of ten previously undescribed books, from the Freer house library, which were put under No. 6013 on the Reserved Book List (see Curatorial Remark 1, G.D.G., 1935, in the object record, as well as F1906.302, Curatorial Remark 1, G.D.G., 1935, in the object record).
    [2] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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