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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
c. Hegira 1000-1200 / c. AD 1600-1800
Gold stamped leather with decoupe (paper filigri)
35.3 x 24cm
The all-over pattern adorning this gilded binding highlights the design and decoration of the central field. The busy central field displays at its centre a scalloped medallion and pendants filled with arabesque and hatayi scrolls, Chinese cloud scrolls, rosettes and leaves. Similar pattern decorates the corner-pieces. The main panel is surrounded by four L-shaped lobed cartouches that are decorated similarly decorated with vegetal scrolls. This all-over pattern is brushed over with gold paint – creating a shining surface. The common Persian "Lachak Toranj" (medallion and corner-pieces) design was developed in Persia for book covers and ornamental book illuminations in the 15th century, and it was integrated into carpet designs in the 10th/16th century. A similar motif can be found on two Persian carpets adorned with similar arrangement of medallion and corner-pieces with a symmetrical pattern occupying the centre of the field.
Ford, P.R.J., Oriental Carpet Design, London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1981.
"Bookcover" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;my;Mus21;29;en
MWNF Working Number: MY1 29