Description Walters manuscript W.604 is an illuminated and illustrated Timurid copy of the Khamsah of Nizami Ganjavi (died 605 AH/AD 1209), completed in 886 AH/AD 1481. The text is written in black Nasta'liq script with chapter/section headings in red. Illuminated headings written in a foliated New Abbasid (broken cursive) style in white ink on a blue background with polychrome decoration introduce the poems of the Khamsah (fols. 26b, 97a, 146b, and 202b). (The beginning of Makhzan al-asrar is now missing). There are 60 illustrations. The reddish brown leather binding dates to the 13th century AH/AD 19th.
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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