This manuscript is a diploma/certificate (ijāzah) granted to the Ottoman calligrapher Muḥammad Ḥilmī Afandī (Mehmet Hilmi Efendi) in 1219 AH / 1804-5 CE by four master calligraphers: Yāzījī-zādah, Ismāʿīl al-Zuhdī Kātib al-Sarāy al-Sulṭānī, Muḥammad Ḥasīb, and ʿAlī al-Waṣfī. The main text, consisting of a quotation attributed to the Prophet Muhammad and extolling the virtue of elegantly writing the doxological formula (basmalah), "in the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful," is executed in thuluth and naskh scripts.
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The primary language in this manuscript is Arabic.
Richly decorated borders and areas around the text
fol. 1b Page of an Ottoman diploma in calligraphy Text page This page bears the following inscription: Bi-sm Allāh al-Raḥmān al-Raḥim /1/ Qāla Rasūl Allāh ṣallá Allāh ʿalayhi wa-sallama /1/ man kataba /2/ bi-sm Allāh al-Raḥmān al-Raḥim wa-jawwadahu fa-lahu al-jannatu ṣadaqa Ḥabīb al-Ilāh [sic] /3/
fol. 2a Page of an Ottoman diploma in calligraphy Text page This page bears four diplomas written within illuminated cartouches inscribed in ijāzah script by the following master calligraphers: Yāzījī zādah, Ismāʿīl al-Zuhdī Kātib al-Sarāy al-Sulṭānī, Muḥammad Ḥasīb, and ʿAlī al-Waṣfī. The page is dated 1219 AH / 1804-5 CE.
1219 AH / 1804-5 CE
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest
16.0 x 22.0cm
Doxological formula (basmalah) written in thuluth script; quotation written in naskh script; diplomas/certificates written in ijāzah script
Modern green goatskin (no flap)