Material Information

Divan exemplars
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Front binding of Muhammad Zuhūrī, Divan
Added title page title:
Muhammad Zuhūrī. Divan -- Front cover
Muhammad Zuhuri
ظهوري, نور الدين محمد، ١٥٣٧-١٦١٦ ( contributor )
Ẓuhūrī, Nūr al-Dīn Muḥammad, 1537 or 1538-1616 or 1617 ( contributor )
Donated by R.C.Reid, Esq (D.D. Dickson bequest).
Place of Publication:
Kashmir, India
Publication Date:
Lacquer. ( medium )
H23 x W13.6 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Ottoman ( lcsh )
Asya -- Türkiye
Asiya -- TürkiyÉ™
آسيا -- تركيا
Ô±Õ½Õ«Õ¡ -- Ô¹Õ¸Ö‚Ö€Ö„Õ«Õ¡
Азия -- Турция
Ασία -- Τουρκία
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Turkey
39 x 35


The cover is painted in a wonderfully colourful agglomeration of flowers in reds, pinks and blues on a gold ground with small stylised birds appearing here and there. The outer border has a meander of flowers and is separated from the central panel. The doublures are in white painted lacquer with a large gold rosette in the centre. The production of lacquer in India dates from the seventeenth century, but the continual exchange of artists between Iran and India during this period makes it difficult to distinguish Indian from Iranian production. By the nineteenth century a localised Kashmiri style had evolved distinguished by its use of strong colours and elaborate floral patterns whose origins may be found in the Iranian bird and flower lacquer painting of the eighteenth century (Text by Alison Ohta, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Ẓuhūrī, Nūr al-Dīn Muḥammad, 1537 or 1538-1616 or 1617 : 314808021
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of Instruction : Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007, p.108, no.86
General Note:
From: Muhammad Zuhūrī, Divan

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 44517 ( soas manuscript number )
6c4a4ced-1a5a-4cae-b193-d8f711a1dac8 ( calm recordid )