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Abstract

This is an illuminated and illustrated Timurid copy of the Khamsah of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE), completed in 886 AH / 1481 CE. The text is written in black nastaʿlīq script with chapter/section headings in red. Illuminated headings written in a foliated New Abbasid (broken cursive) style in white ink on a blue background with polychrome decoration introduce the poems of the Khamsah (fols. 26b, 97a, 146b, and 202b). (The beginning of Makhzan al-asrār is now missing). There are sixty illustrations. The reddish brown leather binding dates to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE.

Text Note

Contains the following poems: Makhzan al-asrār (fols. 1b-25b), Khusraw va Shīrīn (fols. 26b-96a), Laylá va Majnūn (fols. 97a-145b), Haft paykar (fols. 146b-201a), and Iskandarnāmah (fols. 202b-323b), with Iqbālnāmah (second part of the Iskandarnāmah) beginning on fol. 281b

Hand note

Written in black nastaʿlīq script with chapter/section headings in red; illuminated headings written in a foliated New Abbasid (broken cursive) style in white ink

Decoration Note

Sixty illustrations; illuminated headings for each book (fols. 26b, 97a, 146b, and 202b [beginning of Makhzan al-asrār now missing]); framing lines in gold, blue, and black

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Storey, C. A. Persian Literature: a Bio-Bibliographical Survey, Vol. 2. (London: Luzac, 1927- ), 438-495.


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Keywords
Calligraphy
Illustration
Iran
Islamic
Persian
Timurid
New Abbasid style
Literature -- Poetry

Origin Place

Iran

Date

Ramaḍān 885-Rabīʿ I 886 / 1481

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Dates to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE; blind-tooled reddish brown leather (no flap)

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Persian. The secondary language of this manuscript is Arabic.

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

← search Five poems (quintet) W.604

Origin Place

Iran

Date

Ramaḍān 885-Rabīʿ I 886 / 1481

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Persian. The secondary language of this manuscript is Arabic.

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This is an illuminated and illustrated Timurid copy of the Khamsah of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE), completed in 886 AH / 1481 CE. The text is written in black nastaʿlīq script with chapter/section headings in red. Illuminated headings written in a foliated New Abbasid (broken cursive) style in white ink on a blue background with polychrome decoration introduce the poems of the Khamsah (fols. 26b, 97a, 146b, and 202b). (The beginning of Makhzan al-asrār is now missing). There are sixty illustrations. The reddish brown leather binding dates to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE.

Text Note

Contains the following poems: Makhzan al-asrār (fols. 1b-25b), Khusraw va Shīrīn (fols. 26b-96a), Laylá va Majnūn (fols. 97a-145b), Haft paykar (fols. 146b-201a), and Iskandarnāmah (fols. 202b-323b), with Iqbālnāmah (second part of the Iskandarnāmah) beginning on fol. 281b

Hand note

Written in black nastaʿlīq script with chapter/section headings in red; illuminated headings written in a foliated New Abbasid (broken cursive) style in white ink

Decoration Note

Sixty illustrations; illuminated headings for each book (fols. 26b, 97a, 146b, and 202b [beginning of Makhzan al-asrār now missing]); framing lines in gold, blue, and black

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Storey, C. A. Persian Literature: a Bio-Bibliographical Survey, Vol. 2. (London: Luzac, 1927- ), 438-495.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Calligraphy
Illustration
Iran
Islamic
Persian
Timurid
New Abbasid style
Literature -- Poetry
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