Name of Object:

Manuscript, collection of Hadith

Location:

Rabat, Morocco

Holding Museum:

Royal Library

About Royal Library, Rabat.

Date of Object:

Hegira 1284 / AD 1868

Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):

Ahmed ibn Qasim Qaddur.

Museum Inventory Number:

7319

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Paper; black, red and blue ink; gilding.

Dimensions:

Height 29.5 cm, length 23 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Alawid

Provenance:

Morocco.

Description:

The text of the Hadith compiled by Abu al-Hasan ibn al-Hajjaj, known as Muslim, is traced with black and red inks, in Maghrebi cursive script, with diacritic points and orthoepic symbols. The pages from the frontispiece and the colophon are decorated with illuminations.
A frame on the colophon page divides the space into three: two rectangular bands and a square containing a circle.
The top band contains the last three lines of the text. The lower band is decorated with a frieze of overlapping concentric circles and scattered rosettes along with double boteh or paisley motifs. In the circle the text from the colophon is written in a golden cursive script, which stands out against a red background. The circle is embellished with a wide frieze with alternating fleurons and lotus flowers painted in red and yellow on a blue background. The spandrels are decorated with foliage and varied bouquets of yellow and red flowers of Eastern inspiration on a green background.
The lower margin of the frame contains a poly-lobed arch and the date of the copy: Thursday of the month Shawwal 1284 (January–February 1868) and by a floral motif on a blue background of Eastern inspiration. The decoration of this colophon reveals the Eastern artistic influences (Chinese and Iranian) that penetrated Morocco from the end of the AH 12th / AD 18th century.

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Two pages of this collection of Hadiths have been illuminated. The decoration on the colophon, or last page, gives the date and the name of the scribe, revealing the Chinese and Iranian artistic influences that penetrated Morocco from the late AH 12th / AD 18th century.

How date and origin were established:

Date written on the colophon.

How Object was obtained:

Purchase.

Selected bibliography:

Arabi al-Khattabi, M., Al-Faharis al-Khizana al-Hassaniyya, Vols. III, IV, V, VI, Rabat, 1983–7.
Arabi al-Khattabi, M., Al-Faharis al-Khizana al-Malakiyya, Vol. II, Rabat, 1982.
Dandel, E., Maroc, les trésors du Royaume, catalogue, Paris, 1999.

Citation of this web page:

Naima El Khatib-Boujibar "Manuscript, collection of Hadith" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2021. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;ma;Mus01_F;33;en

Prepared by: Naima El Khatib-BoujibarNaima El Khatib-Boujibar

Archéologue et historienne de l'art, titulaire d'une licence en lettres (française), N. Elkhatib-Boujibar a également étudié l'archéologie et l'histoire de l'art à l'Institut d'art et d'archéologie de Paris, l'art islamique et la muséologie à l'École du Louvre (Paris), et suivi des cours à l'Institut d'ethnographie de l'Université de Neuchâtel (Suisse). Elle a occupé plusieurs postes de responsabilité, parmi lesquels directrice des Musées et de l'Archéologie, inspectrice générale des Musées et de l'Archéologie, déléguée régionale du ministère de la Culture.
Elle a dirigé un chantier de fouille durant 20 ans et enseigné à l'Institut national marocain des sciences de l'archéologie et du patrimoine (INSAP). Elle a organisé différentes expositions sur le patrimoine marocain, au Maroc comme à l'étranger, et animé des cycles de conférence, dont celui sur l'art islamique à la “Villa des Arts” à Casablanca.
N. El Khatib-Boujibar a publié différents articles sur le patrimoine archéologique, artistique et architectural marocain, mais aussi sur d'autres sites islamiques et sur les arts mobiliers. Elle a également participé à la rédaction du catalogue Musée Sans Frontières Le Maroc andalou, à la rencontre d'un art de vivre.

Copyedited by: Margot Cortez
Translation by: Laurence Nunny
Translation copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: MO 44

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