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Collection of Poems (masnavi)
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Collection of Poems (masnavi)


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Description Walters manuscript W.626 is an illustrated and illuminated copy of the collection of poems, known as Masnavi-i ma'navi, of Jalal al-Din Rumi (died 672 AH/AD 1273). According to the colophon (fol. 314b), the text, written in black Nasta'liq script, was completed in India in 1073 AH/AD 1663. 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, 50 paintings illustrate the text. The green leather binding is modern.
Exhibitions
  • Elephants. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987-1988.
Provenance Ibrahim [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [round seal impression, Ibrahim (...) on front flyleaf iia]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1073 AH/AD 1663
Medium
ink and pigments on thin laid paper (probably Kashmiri) covered with green leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.626
Measurements
Folio H: 10 7/16 x W: 5 7/8 in. (26.5 x 15 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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