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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Holding Museum:

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia


c. Hegira 1000-1200 / c. AD 1600-1800

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Material(s) / Technique(s):

Gold stamped leather with decoupe (paper filigri)


35.3 x 24cm

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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.

Selected bibliography:

Ford, P.R.J., Oriental Carpet Design, London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1981.

Citation of this web page:

 "Bookcover" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;my;Mus21;29;en&id=leatherwork

MWNF Working Number: MY1 29