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Five Poems (Quintet)
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Five Poems (Quintet)

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Description Walters manuscript W.606 is an illuminated and illustrated Khamsah (quintet) by Nizami Ganjavi (died 605 AH/AD 1209), copied by Muhammad Musá al-Mudhahhib ('the Limner') in Safavid Iran in 924 AH/AD 1518. The manuscript opens with a double-page illustration (fols. 1b-2a), which is followed by a double-page illumination (fols. 2b-3a). In total, there are six Arabic colophons, one at the end of each of the first four poems and two for the two parts of the final poem (Kitab-i Sharafnamah-i Iskandari and Kitab-i Iqbalnamah). The dates of these colophons indicate that the various poems were not executed consecutively. The writing of the text extended over a period of approximately three months, 6 Dhu al-Hijjah 923 AH/AD 1517 to 7 Rabi' I 924 AH/AD 1518. The text is written in black Nasta'liq script with blue subject/section headings. In addition to illuminated titlepieces and headpieces, there are 26 illustrations. The binding is not original to the manuscript.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • The Divine Word and Sacred Sites of Islam. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997.
  • Mything Persons: Historic Figures in Legends of East and West. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
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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923-924 AH/AD 1517-1518
ink, paint and gold on paper covered with brown leather and red leather doublures with gold
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 11 5/8 x W: 6 11/16 in. (29.5 x 17 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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