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Near East Collection: Islamic Book and Bookbinding

Exhibits from the Near East Collection at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library & Yale University Library

Exhibit "Islamic Book and Bookbinding"

Stamped leather binding
(1568 A.D. / 976 A.H.)

A work on financially helping fellow Muslims.
Naskhi script.

Binding featuring the typical flap. The lobed medallion at the center and in the corners of this binding are featured introduced in Iran (Persia) in the 15th century. By the 16th century, when this example was made, the medallions were common in binding decoration throughout much of the Islamic world. The long-necked birds flying in the center medallion reflect influence from the Far East.

Beinecke; Arabic ms. 248