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Double-page Illuminated Incipit

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Description The Bustan, consisting of stories and maxims, was composed by the Persian poet Musharrif al-Din ibn Muslih Sa'di Shirazi (d.1292). Bustan is a Persian word composed of bu (smell or perfume) and estan, the suffix denoting place, and means "garden" or "orchard." Following the Persian poetic tradition, Sa'di said each story was like a flower in a garden. The book opens with a frontispiece with the title, Kitab-i bustan, seen here.
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
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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9th century AH/AD 15th century (Safavid)
ink and pigments on laid paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 10 1/16 x W: 6 11/16 in. (25.5 x 17.0 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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