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Abstract

This is an illustrated and illuminated copy of the collection of poems, known as Mas̱navī-i maʿnavī, of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 672 AH / 1273 CE). According to the colophon (fol. 314b), the text, written in black nastaʿlīq script, was completed in India in 1073 AH / 1663 CE. Each section of the work is introduced by a double-page illuminated incipit containing a preface in prose, followed by two illustrations and an illuminated incipit page for the masnavi. In total, fifty paintings illustrate the text. The green leather binding is modern.

Text Note

Text divided into six books (daftars), each introduced by a preface in Arabic or Persian; fols. 170-177 misbound, belonging to book 6; continuation of fol. 169b on fol. 178a, the eight folios in-between belonging between fols. 266 and 267 in the same order

Hand note

Written in black and red nastaʿlīq script

Decoration Note

Fifty Indian-style illustrations; each book introduced by a double-page illuminated incipit with a preface in prose, followed by two illustrations and an illuminated incipit page for the masnavi with a headpiece and decorated border

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

Richard, Francis. Catalogue des manuscrits persans. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1989), nos. 265-7, 269.


Gacek, Adam. Persian Manuscripts in the Libraries of McGill University: Brief Union Catalogue. (Montreal: McGill University Libraries, 2005), no. 154.


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Keywords
Colophon
Illustration
India
Islamic
Sufism
Literature -- Poetry
Literature -- Prose

Origin Place

India

Date

19 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1073 AH / 1663 CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Modern green leather (no flap)

Language

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

Provenance

Round seal impression: Ibrāhīm [...]

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

← search Collection of poems (masnavi) W.626

Origin Place

India

Date

19 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1073 AH / 1663 CE

Form

book

Language

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

Provenance

Round seal impression: Ibrāhīm [...]

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This is an illustrated and illuminated copy of the collection of poems, known as Mas̱navī-i maʿnavī, of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 672 AH / 1273 CE). According to the colophon (fol. 314b), the text, written in black nastaʿlīq script, was completed in India in 1073 AH / 1663 CE. Each section of the work is introduced by a double-page illuminated incipit containing a preface in prose, followed by two illustrations and an illuminated incipit page for the masnavi. In total, fifty paintings illustrate the text. The green leather binding is modern.

Text Note

Text divided into six books (daftars), each introduced by a preface in Arabic or Persian; fols. 170-177 misbound, belonging to book 6; continuation of fol. 169b on fol. 178a, the eight folios in-between belonging between fols. 266 and 267 in the same order

Hand note

Written in black and red nastaʿlīq script

Decoration Note

Fifty Indian-style illustrations; each book introduced by a double-page illuminated incipit with a preface in prose, followed by two illustrations and an illuminated incipit page for the masnavi with a headpiece and decorated border

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

Richard, Francis. Catalogue des manuscrits persans. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1989), nos. 265-7, 269.


Gacek, Adam. Persian Manuscripts in the Libraries of McGill University: Brief Union Catalogue. (Montreal: McGill University Libraries, 2005), no. 154.


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
Colophon
Illustration
India
Islamic
Sufism
Literature -- Poetry
Literature -- Prose
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