Booking binding

Brown leather; decoration embossed. Inscriptions.

Artist: Mulla Sharif Kashghari (born 1859-60 (1276 A.H.))
Historical period(s)
late 19th century
H x W: 27.7 x 18.1 cm (10 7/8 x 7 1/8 in)
China, Kashgar province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Provenance research underway.

Brown leather; decoration embossed. Inscriptions.


tammat hadhih fi baldat Allah Bukhara al-sharif/ shaha baqa-yi sirr-i tu bada hazar sal/ iqbal dar panah-i tu bada hazar sal/ sali hazar mah maki hazar sad ruz/ ruzi hazar sa'at sa'at hazar sal/ fi sanat sitta wa-sab'in mi'atayn wa-alf
"O king, may you endure for a thousand years. May fortune take refuge in you for a thousand years: every year a thousand months, [every month] a thousand hundred days, every day a thousand hours, every hour a thousand years. This was finished in God's noble city Bukhara in the year 1276 (1859-1860]."

Border: [Arb]
Raditu bi-ma qassama 'llahu li/ wa-fawwadtu amri ila khaliqi/ laqad ahsana 'llahu fi-ma mada/ kadha yuhsinu 'llahu fi-ma baqiya/ ilahi ilahi dar in ruzgar/ karam saz namam ba niki barar/ 'amal-i Mulla Sharif Kashghari
"I am satisfied with what God has apportioned me, and I have surrendered my affair to my creator. God has been kind in the past, and thus he will be kind in the future. My god, my god in these days be kind and make my name known for goodness. Done by Mulla Sharif Kashghari."

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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