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Five Poems (Quintet)
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Five Poems (Quintet)

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Description Walters manuscript W.612, this illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of the Khamsah (quintet) of Nizami Ganjavi (died 605 AH/AD 1209) dates to the 11th century AH/AD 17th. The codex opens with a double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 1b-2a). Each of the 5 poems begins with an illuminated headpiece (fols. 32b, 117b, 176b, 240b, 331b), and there are 36 illustrations. The lacquer binding is not original to the manuscript.
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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11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
ink and pigments on paper covered with lacquer
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 10 5/8 x W: 6 1/2 in. (27 x 16.5 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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