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Abstract

This is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of the collected works (Kulliyāt) of Saʿdī (d. 691 AH / 1292 CE). It was written by ʿAbd Allāh ibn Shaykh Murshid al-Kātib in the tenth century AH / sixteenth CE. The manuscript opens with an illuminated medallion (fol. 2a), followed by a double-page illustrated frontispeice (fols. 2b-3a) and a double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 3b-4a). The text is illustrated with seven additional paintings (fols. 18a, 31b, 49b, 70b, 88a, 101a, and 106b). The brown leather binding is incorrectly bound with the flap appearing on the right side instead of the left.

Text Note

Consists of the following texts: Gulistān (fols. 4b-124a: main column); Būstān (fols. 4b-131a: outer column/margin, written obliquely; Risālah-i Naṣīḥat al-mulūk (fols. 124b-136a); Ghazaliyāt-i (fols. 131a-136a: outer column/margin; Tarjīʿāt (fols. 137b-140b): main text and in the margin; Ṭayyibāt (fols. 141b-209b); Badāyiʿ (fols. 210b-241a); Khavātīm (fols. 241b–?: folios out of order); Muqaṭṭaʿāt (fols. 255a-268a: folios out of order); Rubāʿīyāt (fols. 268a-272a); and Khabīs̱āt (fols. 272b-277b); folios 136b-137a, 141a, and 210a blank

Hand note

Written mainly in black nastaʿlīq script, with incidentals and titles/chapter headings in gold riqāʿ script

Decoration Note

Seven illustrations (fols. 18a, 31b, 49b, 70b, 88a, 101a, and 106b); illuminated frontispiece with medallion (fol. 2a); double-page illustrated frontispiece (fols. 2b-3a); double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 3b-4a); illuminated incipit pages (fols. 4b, 124b, and 131a); illumination after fol. 136 not supplied; framing lines in blue, green, gold, 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

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 flap closed

Upper board inside flap closed

Lower board outside

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Keywords
Colophon
Illustration
Iran
Islamic
Persian
Safavid
Literature -- Poetry
Literature -- Prose
Binding

Origin Place

Iran

Date

10th century AH / 16th CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Largely attributable to the tenth century AH / sixteenth CE, with later additions; brown leather (incorrectly bound with the flap on the wrong side and folded back on itself); central lobed oval and pendants with gold-brushed scroll and floral design; blue outer margin

Language

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

Provenance

Invocation yā kabīkaj

List of books, by an anonymous owner, which were in his house in Tehran

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

<< return to search Collected works (Kulliyat) W.618

Origin Place

Iran

Date

10th century AH / 16th CE

Form

book

Language

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

Provenance

Invocation yā kabīkaj

List of books, by an anonymous owner, which were in his house in Tehran

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of the collected works (Kulliyāt) of Saʿdī (d. 691 AH / 1292 CE). It was written by ʿAbd Allāh ibn Shaykh Murshid al-Kātib in the tenth century AH / sixteenth CE. The manuscript opens with an illuminated medallion (fol. 2a), followed by a double-page illustrated frontispeice (fols. 2b-3a) and a double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 3b-4a). The text is illustrated with seven additional paintings (fols. 18a, 31b, 49b, 70b, 88a, 101a, and 106b). The brown leather binding is incorrectly bound with the flap appearing on the right side instead of the left.

Text Note

Consists of the following texts: Gulistān (fols. 4b-124a: main column); Būstān (fols. 4b-131a: outer column/margin, written obliquely; Risālah-i Naṣīḥat al-mulūk (fols. 124b-136a); Ghazaliyāt-i (fols. 131a-136a: outer column/margin; Tarjīʿāt (fols. 137b-140b): main text and in the margin; Ṭayyibāt (fols. 141b-209b); Badāyiʿ (fols. 210b-241a); Khavātīm (fols. 241b–?: folios out of order); Muqaṭṭaʿāt (fols. 255a-268a: folios out of order); Rubāʿīyāt (fols. 268a-272a); and Khabīs̱āt (fols. 272b-277b); folios 136b-137a, 141a, and 210a blank

Hand note

Written mainly in black nastaʿlīq script, with incidentals and titles/chapter headings in gold riqāʿ script

Decoration Note

Seven illustrations (fols. 18a, 31b, 49b, 70b, 88a, 101a, and 106b); illuminated frontispiece with medallion (fol. 2a); double-page illustrated frontispiece (fols. 2b-3a); double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 3b-4a); illuminated incipit pages (fols. 4b, 124b, and 131a); illumination after fol. 136 not supplied; framing lines in blue, green, gold, 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

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 flap closed

Upper board inside flap closed

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Colophon
Illustration
Iran
Islamic
Persian
Safavid
Literature -- Poetry
Literature -- Prose
Binding
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