Increasing the Value or Hiding the Defects? The Case of the Stuttgart Hātifī Manuscript

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts
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An incomplete manuscript of Hātifī’s Haft Manẓar (‘The Seven Belvederes’) that is kept in the Linden-Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, shows remarkable features of human intervention. In fact, it has been the object of an invasive make-over. An attempt is made to describe what has been done to the manuscript and to explain why the manuscript was given such a treatment.

Increasing the Value or Hiding the Defects? The Case of the Stuttgart Hātifī Manuscript

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts

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    The suggestive double illuminated opening page of Hātifī, Haft Manẓar. The paste-on Sarlawḥ and the gold penwork in the margins are later additions. MS Stuttgart, Linden-Museum, A41877L, ff. 1b–2a.Photograph by Eva Fastenau

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    Figure 2

    The fraudulent Sarlawḥ of Hātifī, Haft Manẓar, cut out from another manuscript, pasted on part of the text, suggesting the beginning of the text at that spot. MS Stuttgart, Linden-Museum, A41877L, f. 1b, detail.Photograph by Eva Fastenau

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    Figure 3

    Hātifī, Haft Manẓar, ‘Monday’. King Bahrām under the green pavilion. The marginal penwork is of later date. MS Stuttgart, Linden-Museum, A41877L, f. 15a.Photograph by Eva Fastenau

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    Figure 4

    Hātifī, Haft Manẓar, double-page opening with marginal penwork in gold of later date. A long Chalīpā on f. 30b, and on f. 31a a miniature for ‘Wednesday’: King Bahrām under the blue pavilion. MS Stuttgart, Linden-Museum, A41877L, ff. 30b–31a.Photograph by Eva Fastenay

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    Figure 5

    Hātifī, Haft Manẓar, double-page opening with marginal penwork in gold of later date, with on f. 36b a miniature for ‘Thursday’: King Bahrām under the ṣandal-coloured pavilion. MS Stuttgart, Linden-Museum, A41877L, ff. 36b–37a.Photograph by Eva Fastenau

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    Figure 6

    The suggested end of Hātifī’s Haft Manẓar, with the fraudulent colophon written on erasure, mentioning Maḥmūd al-Mudhahhib as calligrapher, illuminator and miniaturist. MS Stuttgart, Linden-Museum, A41877L, f. 47a.Photograph by Eva Fastenau

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