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Marvels of the World

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Description Walters manuscript W.652 is an abridged metrical paraphrase of the 2nd maqalah of 'Aja'ib al-makhluqat (The wonders of creation) by Zakariya' al-Qazwini (died 682 AH/AD 1283) with additions from other sources by Fakhr al-Din Hamzah ibn 'Ali Azari (died 866 AH/AD 1461-1462). The text was copied in Herat (in present-day Afghanistan) in 1022 AH/AD 1613 in the library of the governor of Khurasan Husayn Khan Shamlu-yi Biklirbiki (Beglerbegi). The manuscript is illustrated with 14 paintings in an early Safavid style from the 11th century AH/AD 17th. The present binding is not original to the manuscript.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Elephants. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987-1988.
  • The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Academy Art Museum, Easton; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton; The Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 2002.
Provenance Husayn, 1305 AH/AD 1887-1888, by purchase [for 310 tomans]; Asghar 'Ali, 1305 AH/AD 1887, 1888, by gift [acquired for Asghar 'Ali by his father Husayn for 310 tomans, dated 1305 AH/AD 1887-1888, see fol. 1b]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1022 AH/AD 1613 (Safavid)
ink and pigments on thick paper covered with light olive leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 2 5/16 x W: 6 11/16 in. (5.8 x 17 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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