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Abstract

This is an illuminated copy of the well-known poem (mas̱navī) Subḥat al-abrār (The rosary of the righteous) by Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad Jāmī (d. 898 AH / 1492 CE), produced in Safavid Iran. The text, written in nastaʿlīq script, was copied by Ḥaydar al-Ḥusaynī in 965 AH / 1557-8 CE, according to the Arabic colophon (fol. 112a). The manuscript opens with an illuminated double-page incipit inscribed with the title of the work and the author's name. The subsequent pages have decorated borders and gold-sprinkled margins. The dark brown goatskin binding, which is original to the manuscript, has light brown doublures decorated with filigree work on a multi-colored ground. The original shelfmark of 3934 is inscribed on the tail edge of the codex.

Text Note

The text begins on 1b that is indicated here as 1*

Hand note

Written in nastaʿlīq script in black with polychrome headings

Decoration Note

Double-page illuminated incipit; decorated borders and gold-sprinkled margins; polychrome section headings; framing lines in gold, blue, orange, black, and light green

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), no. 262/1.


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

1a flap closed

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Calligraphy
Colophon
Iran
Islamic
Persian
Safavid
Literature -- Poetry
Original binding

Origin Place

Iran

Date

965 AH / 1557-8 CE

Form

book

Binding

Original Binding

Binding Description

Dark brown goatskin (with flap); central lobed medallion with pendants and cornerpieces brushed with gold; light brown doublures with filigree work on a multi-colored ground of blue, orange, and green

Language

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

Provenance

Seal erased; original shelfmark of 3934 on tail edge of codex

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

← search Poem (masnavi) W.642

Origin Place

Iran

Date

965 AH / 1557-8 CE

Form

book

Language

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

Provenance

Seal erased; original shelfmark of 3934 on tail edge of codex

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This is an illuminated copy of the well-known poem (mas̱navī) Subḥat al-abrār (The rosary of the righteous) by Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad Jāmī (d. 898 AH / 1492 CE), produced in Safavid Iran. The text, written in nastaʿlīq script, was copied by Ḥaydar al-Ḥusaynī in 965 AH / 1557-8 CE, according to the Arabic colophon (fol. 112a). The manuscript opens with an illuminated double-page incipit inscribed with the title of the work and the author's name. The subsequent pages have decorated borders and gold-sprinkled margins. The dark brown goatskin binding, which is original to the manuscript, has light brown doublures decorated with filigree work on a multi-colored ground. The original shelfmark of 3934 is inscribed on the tail edge of the codex.

Text Note

The text begins on 1b that is indicated here as 1*

Hand note

Written in nastaʿlīq script in black with polychrome headings

Decoration Note

Double-page illuminated incipit; decorated borders and gold-sprinkled margins; polychrome section headings; framing lines in gold, blue, orange, black, and light green

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), no. 262/1.


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

1a flap closed

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Calligraphy
Colophon
Iran
Islamic
Persian
Safavid
Literature -- Poetry
Original binding
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