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Two Poetical Works: Yusuf and Zulaykha and Mihr and Mushtari
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Two Poetical Works: Yusuf and Zulaykha and Mihr and Mushtari


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Description Walters manuscript W.645, this illuminated and illustrated Safavid manuscript, executed in Safavid Iran in the 10th century AH/AD 16th, contains two poetical works: Yusuf va Zulaykha by Nur al-Din Jami (died 898 AH/AD 1492) and Mihr va Mushtari by Muhammad ibn Ahmad "Assar Tabrizi (died 784 AH/AD 1382). The 2 texts can be read side by side on the same page, either written horizontally or obliquely. There are 4 paintings illustrating the text (fols. 58b, 91a, 159a, and 180b). The brown leather binding with dentelle-style decoration in multi-colored filigree work may date to the 10th century AH/AD 16th, although it is unlikely to be original to the manuscript.
Provenance 'Abduhu Muhammad Kazim [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [oval seal on fol. 113b]; 'Ismat Zinat Sultan, 1249 AH/AD 1833 (?) [mode of acquisition unknown] [square seal dated 12(?)49 AH/AD 1833 on fol. 114a]; 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
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
Medium
ink and pigments on laid paper covered with brown leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.645
Measurements
Folio H: 10 5/8 x W: 6 11/16 in. (27 x 17 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
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