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The Orchard (Bustan)
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The Orchard (Bustan)

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Description Walters manuscript W.620 is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of the Bustan (The garden or The orchard), composed by Sa'di (died 691 AH/AD 1292). It was written in black Nasta'liq script in the 9th century AH/AD 16th in Iran. The codex opens with a frontispiece with the title Kitab-i bustan inscribed in an illuminated medallion (fol. 1a), followed by a double-page illustration of a banquet scene in a landscape (fols. 1b-2a). Additionally, there are 5 paintings illustrating the text (fols. 25a, 55b, 58a, 93b, and 119b). The brown leather, blind-stamped binding decorated with a central oval and pendants is not contemporary with the manuscript.
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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9th century AH/AD 15th century (Safavid)
ink and pigments on laid paper covered with brown leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 10 1/16 x W: 6 11/16 in. (25.5 x 17.0 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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