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Collection of Poems

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Description This illuminated and illustrated manuscript, Walters manuscript W.623, contains the Khamsah (quintet) and two historical poems (masnavi), Qiran-i sa'dayn and Nuh sipihr, by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi (died 725 AH/AD 1325). The codex is dated 1017 AH/AD 1609 and was produced in Safavid Iran. All texts are written in black Nasta'liq script with chapter headings in red. The manuscript opens with an illuminated and illustrated frontispiece of a hunting and court scene in the early Safavid style (fols. 1b-2a). The first text is Khamsah-i Dihlavi (fols. 2b-192a), which is introduced by an illuminated incipit and titlepiece with the title of the first poem of the quintet and the author's name. The second text is Qiran-i sa'dayn, a historical poem (masnavi) about the meeting of Sultan Mu'izz al-Din Kayqubad and his father, Nasir al-Din Bughra Khan, on the banks of the Sarju in Oudh. It is also introduced with an illuminated incipit and titlepiece (fol. 193b). The third text is Nuh sipihr, a historical poem (masnavi) describing the glories of Sultan Qu?b al-Din Mubarak Shah Khalji's time, introduced with an illuminated incipit and headpiece (fol. 223b). The dark brown leather binding is original to the manuscript.
Provenance Ibn Abi Husayn 'Ali [...] 'Ali, [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [ownsership statement plus seal 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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1017 AH/AD 1609 (Safavid)
ink and pigments on mostly laid paper covered with dark brown leather with gold
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 13 9/16 x W: 8 11/16 in. (34.5 x 22 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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