Keywords: Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection

130 objects
S1997.107

Page of calligraphy

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Detached folio from an unidentified text; Persian in black nasta’liq script; a quatrain within a central panel; corners embellished with triangular illuminated panels; signed by Muhammad Masih-Allah al-Husayni. Border: The text is set in gold, black, and white rulings in a gold floral and leaf scroll.

S1997.106

Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); verso: text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: couplets from chapter eight: In considering of good omen from the Khusraw u Shirin; verso: couplets from Iskandarnama, couplets from chapter nine: In considering proper advice from the Makhzan al-asrar, and couplets from Khusraw u Shirin; two columns, …

S1997.105

Folio from a Qur’an, Sura 38:75-83

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Folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto; Sura Sad (Sad) 38: 75-78, recto begins with “min al-‘alamayn” verso; sura 38: 79-83, verso begins with “rabbi”; Arabic in black maghribi script with gold knot and rosette verse markers, illuminated marginal roundel containing the word for ‘ashr (ten) indicating the end of a tenth verse, …

S1997.104

Folio from a Book of prayers

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Detached folio from a Book of Prayers; Arabic in dark brown maghribi script; one column, twenty lines of text.

S1997.103

Folio from a Qur’an, sura 12:40-43

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura Yusuf (Joseph) 12: parts of verses 40-41, recto begins with “Allahu bihamin”; verso: sura 12: parts of verses 41, 42, and 43, verso begins with “min rra ‘sihi”; Arabic in brown maghribi script; vocalized in blue, yellow, green, and red with roundel verse marker; …

S1997.102

Folio from a Qur’an, Sura 5, verses 68-69

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al-Ma’idah (the Table spread) 5:68, recto begins with “kathira”; verso: sura 5:68 and part of 69, verso begins with “falatas”; Arabic in black muhaqqaq script with gold floral border in kufic script and medallion in the corners; vocalized in black; interlinear Persian translation in …

S1997.101

Folio from a Qur’an, sura 17:34-44

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al-Isra (the Night journey) 17: parts of verses 34, 35-38, and 39, recto begins with “ahsanu”; verso: 17: parts of verses 39-43 and 44, verso begins with “mimma”; Arabic in black and blue bihari script, and gold thuluth script with round illuminated verse markers …

S1997.100

Folio from a Qur’an, sura 45:34-37; sura 46:1-12

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: sura al-Jathiya (the Crouching) 45: part of 34-37, recto begins with “al-yawm” sura al-Ahqaf (the Sandhills) 46:1-4; verso: sura 46:5-11 and part of 12, verso begins with “wa min adallu”; Arabic in black naskh script with three lines of bold black muhaqqaq and gold thuluth; …

S1997.99

Folio from a Qur’an, sura 40:18-32

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura Ghafir (the Forgiver) 40: parts of 18-26, recto begins with “min hamimin”; verso: sura 40: parts of 26-32, verso begins with “yubaddil”; Arabic in black muhaqqaq script with round illuminated verse markers; vocalized in black; top of the page inscription: waqf (inalienable donation); marginal …

S1997.98

Folio from a Qur’an, sura 44:37-59; sura 45:1-10

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al-Dukhan (the Smoke) 44:37-57; verso: sura 44:58-59, Sura al-Jathiya (the Crouching) 45:1-10; Arabic in black muhaqqaq script with round illuminated verse markers; vocalized in black; illuminated heading in thuluth script; one column; twelve lines of text. Border: The text is set in gold and …