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Five Poems (Quintet)
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Five Poems (Quintet)

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Description Walters manuscript W.611 is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the Khamsah (quintet) by Nizami Ganjavi (died 605 AH/AD 1209), written in 1059 AH/AD 1649 by Shams al-Din Kirmani. The codex opens with an illuminated titlepiece inscribed hadha kitab Khamsah-'i Mawlana Shaykh-i Nizami (fol. 1b). There are additional illuminated headpieces for the subsequent 4 poems (fols. 22b, 82b, 130b, and 180b). The illustrations are in different styles executed during the Safavid and Qajar periods. The floral lacquer binding dates to the t13th century AH/AD 19th.
Provenance Ibrahim [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; [partly visible seal impression dated [1]230 (?) AH on fol. 1a]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1059 AH/AD 1649 (Safavid; Qajar)
ink and pigments on laid paper covered with lacquer
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 11 5/8 x W: 6 11/16 in. (29.5 x 17 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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