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Collection of Poems (Divan)
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

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Description Walters manuscript W.650 is an illuminated and illustrated Mughal copy of a collection of poems (divan) by the eminent poet and hagiographer of Islamic India, Hasan Dihlavi (died ca. 729 AH/AD 1328). It was written in Nasta'liq script by 'Abd Allah Mushkin Qalam (Amber-Scented Pen) in Allahabad in 1011 AH/AD 1602, according to the colophon on fol. 187a. A celebrated royal calligrapher, Abd Allah Mushkin Qalam worked in Allahabad for Prince Salim, who later became the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The manuscript opens with a double-page illuminated incipit (fols. 2b-3a) and is illustrated with 14 paintings, including a portrait of the calligrapher himself (fol. 187a). The lacquer binding has intricate all-over illumination in which the main element is a pattern of gold strapwork with floral motifs, attributable to the 13th century AH/AD 19th.
Date Description Narrative
  • The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India, 1600-1900. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston; Asia House Gallery, New York. 1978-1979.
  • The Art of the Book in India. British Library, London. 1982.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Elephants. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987-1988.
  • Bindings from the Islamic World. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
  • Mything Persons: Historic Figures in Legends of East and West. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • The Saint John's Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
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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1011 AH/AD 1602 (Mughal)
ink and pigments on biscuit-colored laid paper bound between boards covered with lacquer
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 12 3/8 x W: 8 1/16 in. (31.5 x 20.5 cm); H in cradle: 12 1/2 x W: 14 3/4 x D: 5 1/2 in. (31.8 x 37.5 x 14 cm)
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