The National Library of Russia muraqqaʿ-Album Dorn 489 and Its Provenance

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts
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The well-known “Petersburg Album” kept in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (shelf-number E-14) is not the only muraqqaʿ in the St. Petersburg collections. Thus, the National Library of Russia house five Iranian albums with calligraphic samples and miniatures, of which one (Dorn 489) is outstanding due to both its contents and its provenance. In the present article we summarize the results of previously conducted research of the miniatures and calligraphy in the album that date from the 15th–18th centuries, while adding some codicological remarks on the volume and its covers. In addition, the as yet unclear history of the acquisition of this real masterpiece of art is unraveled and presented.

The National Library of Russia muraqqaʿ-Album Dorn 489 and Its Provenance

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts

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F.R. MartinThe miniature painting and painters of Persia India and Turkey from the 8th to the 18th century. LondonBernard Quaritch1912vol. 1–2.

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A.T. AdamovaPersian Painting and Drawing of the 15th–19th Centuries from the Hermitage Museum: Exhibition catalogue. St Petersburg1996 pp. 270–271; A.T. Adamova ‘On two lacquer bindings of the late 18th century from the National Library of Russia collection’ in: Oriental collection. St. Petersburg 2002. Issue 6 pp. 200–206.

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Martin dated the frontispiece to the 1560s. See his The miniature painting pl. 259.

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PorterTravels pp. 353–357.

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Ibid. p. 523.

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    Figure 1

    Specimens of calligraphy by Mīr ʿAlī al-Kātib. First third of the 16th century.National Library of Russia, Dorn 489, ff. 66 v –67 r

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    Figure 2

    “At school”: Sulṭān Ḥusayn Bayqarā and ʿAli Shīr Navāʾī in adolescence. Miniature of the Herat school, Bihzād circle. Late 15th century.National Library of Russia, Dorn 489, f. 26v

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    Figure 3

    “Rest in the Hunt”. Miniature of the Mashhad school. 1560s.National Library of Russia, Dorn 489, f. 64r

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    Figure 4

    Four miniatures by Riẓā-yi ʿAbbāsī composed on one page: “Darvīsh ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib Simnānī”, 1 Jumada I 1041 / 25 November 1631; “The Shepherd”, 25 Dhu-l-hijjah 1043 / 22 June 1634; “Youth with a waterpipe” and “A Love scene”.National Library of Russia, Dorn 489, f. 73v

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    Figure 5

    Pen exerciseNational Library of Russia, Dorn 489, f. 45r

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    Figure 6

    Outer cover. Pasteboard, gilt stamped leather. 1580s.National Library of Russia, Dorn 489

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