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Bookbinding - [Lower cover of a bookbinding : brown leather over paper pasteboards ; blind and gold tooling]
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[Lower cover of a bookbinding : brown leather over paper pasteboards ; blind and gold tooling]

  • Object:

    Bookbinding

  • Place of origin:

    [Egypt (published)

  • Date:

    1400-1425] (published)

  • Museum number:

    1070A-1869

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery

Physical description

1 bookbinding cover : leather ; 96 x 67 cm.
Title supplied by cataloguer.
The inner rectangular panel contains elaborate floral decoration with a scalloped outline in almond shape in the centre. This is repeated in sections in the corners of the panel. Three types of flowers are shown on the sinuous stems which frame the almond shape. The main outer margin consists of a broad border divided into a number of panels with diagonal knotwork patterns. The pasteboards are made up of a large number of sheets of paper with naskh script in a variety of hands.

Place of Origin

[Egypt (published)

Date

1400-1425] (published)

Descriptive line

Boobinding, [Lower cover of a bookbinding : brown leather over paper pasteboards ; blind and gold tooling], [Egypt, 1400-1425].

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Book Covers
Egypt, probably Cairo
1400-1500

These enormous covers probably protected the Qur'an leaves shown below. The border is filled with knotwork. In the main field a floral design runs between the central medallion and the quarter-medallions in the corners. This decoration was produced by applying small tools directly to the leather (tooling in blind) or through gold leaf (tooling in gold).

Leather over pasteboard, tooled in blind and in gold
Museum no. 1070A, C-1869
[2006]

Categories

National Art Library

Collection

National Art Library

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