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Yusuf and Zulaykha
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Yusuf and Zulaykha

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Description Walters manuscript W.644 is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the famous story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife (Yusuf va Zulaykha) by Nur al-Din Jami (died 898 AH/AH 1492), executed in the 10th century AH/AD 16th in Safavid Iran. The text is written in black Nasta"liq script and begins with an illuminated incipit with headpiece (fols. 1b-2a). The manuscript contains three illustrations (fols. 50b, 116a, and 150b). The dark brown goatskin binding, which is original to the manuscript, has panel-stamped designs and red doublures with gold filigree work over colored paper.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
Provenance Papas-zadah …(?), [1]311 AH/AD 1893-1894 [fol. 1a]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
ink and pigments on cream-colored laid paper covered with dark brown goatskin with gold; red doublures with gold
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 8 11/16 x W: 5 1/2 in. (22 x 14 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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