Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

Poetry and Prayer

Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

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W.615: One Hundred Sayings

This illuminated manuscript contains One hundred sayings (known in Arabic as Mi’at kalima and in Persian as Ṣad kalima) attributed to ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (d. 40 AH / 661 CE), the fourth caliph of Islam. The codex also contains a Persian paraphrase (dubayt) by Rashīd al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Balkhī, known as al-Waṭwāṭ (Vaṭvāṭ) (d. ca. 578 AH / 1182 CE). The polychrome text, using a number of scripts, was executed by an anonymous scribe in the 9th century AH / 15th CE.







Folio 17a

Folio from an Islamic Manuscript

The striking beauty of this page is defined by the use of a variety of scripts and different color inks.

Folio 1b

Folio from an Islamic Manuscript

The opening decorated page has an illuminated headpiece with the title of the work in tawqi script executed in white ink on gold background. The text begins with the basmala in black muhaqqaq outlined in gold, followed by two Persian verses in black naskh. Following is an Arabic line written in gold thuluth outlined in black. The Arabic text is again followed by two Persian verses inscribed in black naskh.