Qasidat al-burda (Mantle of the prophet) by al-Busayri (d.1294)

Patron: al-Malik al-Ashraf (born Abu'l- Nasr Qaytba)
Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, circa 1470
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 43.2 x 29.8 cm (17 x 11 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Egypt, Henri Vever collection, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), Muhammad, prophet, WWII-era provenance

To 1910
Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, France. [1]

From 1910 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Georges Demotte, Paris, France on November, 1910. [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]


[1] See Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 231.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Georges Demotte 1877 - 1923
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Published References
  • Georges Marteau Henri Vever. Miniatures Persanes: tirees des collections de M.M. Henry d'Allemagne, Claude Anet, Henri Aubrey... 2 vols., Paris, June-October 1912. cat. 24, pl. XXIV.
  • The Hague. Catalogus tentoonstelling van islamische kunst. cat. 2, p. 21.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 35, p. 26.
  • Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 3, p. 68-69.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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