Description Walters manuscript W.614 is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of one of the 5 books of the Khamsah, known as Haft paykar (Seven beauties) by Nizami Ganjavi (died 605 AH/AD 1209). It was produced in late 10th century AH/AD 16th. The text is written in black Nasta'liq with chapter/section headings in white. The codex opens with a double-page illuminated frontispiece (1b-2a) with headpiece inscribed with the basmalah. There are 8 illustrations with later repainting illustrating the text. The dark-brown leather blind-stamped binding is not original to the textblock and probably dates to the 11th century AH/AD 17th.
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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