Collection ID: 0003 | Metadata type: TEI | TEI XML | Data

BV 58 Calligraphic album.


Calligraphic album.


Call number

BV 58
(Bryn Mawr, PA, Bryn Mawr College Libraries, Special Collections)

Alternate identifiers


Bryn Mawr College Libraries




Copy completed in 1307 A.H. (1889 or 1890) by Ḥasan Riżā (f. 4r, 7r).
1889 or 1890


Calligraphic album of a selection of aphorisms of the Prophet Muḥammad written by the calligrapher Ḥasan Riżā. The pages are heavy card with the first and last leaf as a single sheet and all other leaves as sets of two sheets adhered together with ribbon lining the edges. The paired leaves are all beginning to separate.



7 leaves : 300 x 235 (220 x 160) mm bound to 302 x 237 mm


Modern foliation added in pencil, upper left recto.




Bound in red leather over pasteboard (Type III) with gilt stamped and tooled central mandorla and frame. Bright green painted doublure.


  • Three layouts: 1) Three larger lines with two sets of 4 or 5 lines between each set of larger lines, 2) Two larger lines at the head and tail of the page with 7 to 11 lines in the middle, 3) Four larger lines with three sets of two lines in between. All pages border-ruled and framed in blue paper.
  • Decoration

    The textblock of each page is border-ruled in gold, bright pink, gold, blue; a light blue paper frame is fitted to each page with a dark blue ribbon along the page edges. Small headpiece of gold foliate fill on a blue half circle with a scalloped edge (f. 1v); smaller script lines are inset with the space between the line ends and the border-rule decorated with gold and polychrome foliate fill on a blue background, outlined in gold. Gold roundels with a variety of decorative flourishes punctuate the text and small gold flowers appear throughout.


  • Larger lines written in thuluth and smaller lines written in naskh in black ink; pointed, vocalized.
  • Subjects topical



    Table of contents



    Front cover
    9715_0000.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0000_thumb.jpg (4.9 KB)
    9715_0000_web.jpg (469.6 KB)

    Inside front cover
    9715_0001.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0001_thumb.jpg (3.5 KB)
    9715_0001_web.jpg (379.1 KB)

    fol. 1r
    9715_0002.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0002_thumb.jpg (3.4 KB)
    9715_0002_web.jpg (389.2 KB)

    fol. 1v
    9715_0003.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0003_thumb.jpg (6.3 KB)
    9715_0003_web.jpg (462.7 KB)
    Section: [Calligraphic album].
    Decoration: Small headpiece
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 2r
    9715_0004.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0004_thumb.jpg (6.8 KB)
    9715_0004_web.jpg (476.2 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 2v
    9715_0005.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0005_thumb.jpg (6.4 KB)
    9715_0005_web.jpg (469.9 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 3r
    9715_0006.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0006_thumb.jpg (6.7 KB)
    9715_0006_web.jpg (476.3 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 3v
    9715_0007.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0007_thumb.jpg (6.5 KB)
    9715_0007_web.jpg (477.5 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 4r
    9715_0008.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0008_thumb.jpg (6.4 KB)
    9715_0008_web.jpg (478.1 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 4v
    9715_0009.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0009_thumb.jpg (6.7 KB)
    9715_0009_web.jpg (459.3 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 5r
    9715_0010.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0010_thumb.jpg (6.7 KB)
    9715_0010_web.jpg (454.9 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 5v
    9715_0011.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0011_thumb.jpg (6.5 KB)
    9715_0011_web.jpg (486.7 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 6r
    9715_0012.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0012_thumb.jpg (6.4 KB)
    9715_0012_web.jpg (476.7 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 6v
    9715_0013.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0013_thumb.jpg (6.6 KB)
    9715_0013_web.jpg (455.5 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 7r
    9715_0014.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0014_thumb.jpg (6.7 KB)
    9715_0014_web.jpg (468.4 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    fol. 7v
    9715_0015.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0015_thumb.jpg (3.4 KB)
    9715_0015_web.jpg (384.0 KB)
    Decoration: Foliate fill

    Inside back cover
    9715_0016.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0016_thumb.jpg (3.4 KB)
    9715_0016_web.jpg (377.3 KB)

    Back cover
    9715_0017.tif (139.0 MB)
    9715_0017_thumb.jpg (4.6 KB)
    9715_0017_web.jpg (451.9 KB)

    9715_0018.tif (22.6 MB)
    9715_0018_thumb.jpg (1.4 KB)
    9715_0018_web.jpg (43.3 KB)

    Fore edge
    9715_0019.tif (22.6 MB)
    9715_0019_thumb.jpg (1.4 KB)
    9715_0019_web.jpg (48.7 KB)

    Top edge
    9715_0020.tif (22.6 MB)
    9715_0020_thumb.jpg (1.2 KB)
    9715_0020_web.jpg (35.3 KB)

    Bottom edge
    9715_0021.tif (22.6 MB)
    9715_0021_thumb.jpg (1.3 KB)
    9715_0021_web.jpg (41.0 KB)