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Five Poems (Quintet)
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Five Poems (Quintet)

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Description Walters manuscript W.613 is a fragment of one of the most important illustrated manuscripts produced for the Mughal emperor Akbar: a copy of the Khamsah (quintet) of Nizami Ganjavi (died 605 AH/AD 1209) copied by the royal scribe 'Abd al-Rahim 'Ambarin Qalam in the 40th year of Akbar's reign (1004 AH/AD 1595). It was most likely executed in Lahore. The larger portion of the manuscript, preserved with the colophon, date, and scribe's name, is housed in the British Library (Or. MS 12208). The Walters fragment contains parts of Khusraw va Shirin and Iskandarnamah, with 5 illustrations. The illustrations bear ascriptions to court artists as well as running numbers from 1 to 44. The Walters folios are inscribed with the following names: Sanvlah, Nanha, Shivdas, Dharm Das, and Bim Gujarati.
  • The Book of Persia and India. Grolier Club, New York. 1962.
  • Splendor in Books. Grolier Club, New York; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • The Royal Style. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
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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1595 (Mughal)
ink and pigments on light brown paper with later outer margins in various colors bound between boards covered with lacquer
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 13 3/8 x W: 8 7/16 in. (34 x 21.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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