Matla' al-sa'dayn va majma' al- bahrayn (the Rise of the stars and the junction of the two seas) by Abd al-Razzaq ibn Ishaq al-Samarqandi (d.1482)

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  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 38.8 x 24.6 cm (15 1/4 x 9 11/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Manuscript; Matla' al-sa'dayn va majma' al-bahrayn (the Rise of the stars and the junction of the two seas) by Abd-al- Razzaq ibn Ishaq al-Samarqandi; second volume; Persian in black, red, and gold nasta'liq script; 276 folios with 1 sarlawh (folio 1 verso), 18 paintings, and 1 colophon (folio 276 recto); seals (fols. 1, 21 recto); inscription (folio 1 recto); standard page, one column, 22 lines.
    Binding: The manuscript is bound in black leather over paper pasteboards with blind tooling and a border of multiple fillets. The doublures are of red leather with a border of multiple gold fillets.
  • Inscriptions

    Fly leaf: the book of Matla' al-Sa'dayan, illustrated, large-format paper, Samarqandi paper, illuminated, black leather with gold torangic ornamental loop.
    Seal:Ibn Abu al-Fath Muhammad Reza [?].
    Seal:Ibn Abu al-Fath Muhammad Reza [?].
  • Provenance

    To 1907
    Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna (1839-1914), London, to 1907 [1]
    From 1907 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna in 1907 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original List of Persian Miniatures and Manuscripts, pg. 90,
    and Miscellaneous section of Inventory, S.I. 1590, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] 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

    Colonel Henry Bathurst Hanna (1839-1914) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
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  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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