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Epic of Timur


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Description Walters manuscript W.648 is a Safavid illuminated and illustrated copy of the History of Timur (Tamerlane) (reigned 706 AH/AD 1370-807 AH/AD 1405), known as Timurnamah or Zafarnamah, composed by 'Abd Allah Hatifi (died 927 AH/AD 1520) and written in imitation of Nizami's Iskandarnamah. It was copied by Pir 'Ali al-Jami in the 10th century AH/AD 16th. The manuscript opens with a double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 4b-5a) and is illustrated with 2 paintings (fols. 37a and 75b). One painting depicts Timur at court and the other portrays Timur defeating the Khan of the Kipchaqs. The green leather binding with inner boards lined with ikat textile is attributable to the13th century AH/AD 19th.
Exhibitions
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • The Royal Style. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance al-'abd Yar … (?) ibn Aq Muhammad, 1019 AH/AD 1610-1611 [mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression on fol. 166a]; Anonymous owner, Rajab 1269 AH/AD 1853 [mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression on fol. 4a]; 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 green leather with ikat textile
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.648
Measurements
Folio H: 9 1/4 x W: 5 1/2 in. (23.5 x 14 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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