Arts of the Book: Manuscripts, Folios, Bindings
Manuscript Of Prayers
Safavid, dated 1130 H/1717-18 CE
Materials and technique
Ink, opaque watercolour, and gold on paper
20.7 x 13 cm
Arranged in four sections, this manuscript is a book of supplications to be recited after the daily prayers as well as during different days of the week. The pages shown here refer to the Saturday and Sunday prayers as well as to the start of the Monday prayer, which begins at the bottom of the left-hand page. The colophon suggests that this manuscript was copied by Ahmad al-Nayrizi, one of the most important and prolific calligraphers of the late Safavid period who was active between 1682 CE and 1739 CE. He is known to have copied numerous Qur’an manuscripts, prayer books, and calligraphy samples in a characteristic form of Arabic naskh script. Because of the popularity and prestige associated with al-Nayrizi’s style, his works were sometimes copied in their entirety - colophon included - by later scribes in the Qajar period (1794-1925 CE). As a result, it is sometimes difficult to attribute works to his hand with certainty, especially if the calligrapher copying his style were a talented one.
© 2007 The Aga Khan Development Network. This is the only authorised Website of the Aga Khan Development Network.