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Arabic manuscript on paper, 11-13 line per page, written in black naskh script, surah headings in large thuluth script outlined in black, the Basmallah in elegant muhaqqaq script, marginal commentary notes in nastaliq Persian script in clouds reserved on a gold sprinkling ground. Gold verse rosette markers outlined in black and pointed with polychrome dots, all ruled in blue and gold borders.
Inscriptions: surah Al-Ikhlas, surah al-Nas, surah Tabbat Yada and surah Al-Falaq.
Text: 11 by 15 cm.
Folio: 18 by 27 cm.
One page bears a colophon with the name Yaqot al-Mustasimi ( Yaqot bin Abdullah) and the date Jumada II 666 AH (February 1267 AD). The legendary calligrapher Yaqot, Master of the Six Pens, remained famous for centuries after his death in 1298 and his works are sought after to this day. Over the centuries his penmanship was frequently imitated and emulated by various scribes, who often copied manuscripts signing with his name. Calligraphic exercises by the great masters were often cut and laid down on album pages, see for example a calligraphy signed by Yaqot with later sixteenth century Persian illumination sold at Christie’s London, 20 October 2016, lot 12, and an ‘unwan from the Shah Jahan album, which combined a text written by the Timurid calligrapher Mir ‘Ali with a refined Mughal illumination dated to circa 1640.