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Illuminated Preface to the First Book of the Collection of Poems (masnavi)
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Illuminated Preface to the First Book of the Collection of Poems (masnavi)


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Description This page from Walters manuscript W.625 is the right side of a double-page illuminated preface, written in Arabic, introducing the first book (daftar) of the Collection of poems (Masnavi-i ma'navi). The text is written in gold and blue Tawqi' script and there is interlinear decoration. The text area is framed by an illuminated border of gilt and polychrome decoration on a blue ground.
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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Period
865 AH/AD 1461
Medium
ink and pigments on buff-colored laid paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.625.1B
Measurements
H: 9 5/8 x W: 6 5/16 in. (24.5 x 16 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
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