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Three Collections of Poetry

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Description Walters manuscript W.657 is an illustrated and illuminated composite volume of three poetic texts: the Khamsah (quintet) of Nizami Ganjavi (died 605 AH/AD 1209), the Khamsah (quintet) of Amir Khusraw Dihlavi (died 725 AH/AD 1325), and the Timurnamah (Epic of Timur) by 'Abd Allah Hatifi (died 927 AH/AD 1520), also known as the Zafarnamah. The texts are written in black Naskh script, with titles, section headings, and incidentals in white or red Tawqi'/Riqa' script. It was produced in the 10th century AH/AD 16th, in either India or Safavid Iran. The binding is not original to the manuscript. According to a note on front flyleaf iia, the codex was re-bound and restored by a bookbinder of Tabriz, Khwand Mulla Mahdi Sahhaf-i Tabrizi in 1295 AH/AD1878.
Provenance Mundir [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression with motton on fol. 280b]; Khwand Mulla Mahdi Sahhaf-i Tabrizi, Tabriz, 1295 AH/AD 1878 [mode of acquisition unknown] [note regarding re-binding and restoration of this volume by the bookbinder on front flyleaf iia]; 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 tinted laid paper: cream for text area and rose or light brown for margins covered with red leather with gold
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Folio H: 11 x W: 7 1/2 in. (28 x 19 cm)
  • India (Place of Origin)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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