Kitab al-khamsa (Book of the five poems) by Jami (d. 1492)

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Manuscript; Kitab al-khamsa (Book of five poems) by Jami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script with illuminated headings; 213 folios with a double-page frontispiece (fols. 1verso, 2 recto), 4 sarlawhs (fols. 27verso, 70verso,127verso,180verso), and dated colophons (fols. 27recto, 70recto,127recto, 180recto, 213recto); standard page: 4 columns, 19 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in leather over paper pasteboards with gold block-stamped exterior covers and doublures of gold leather filigree over a multicolored paper ground. The envelope flap has a border and surface identical to that on the exterior cover.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1548-1549 (955-956 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 28.2 x 18.1 cm (11 1/8 x 7 1/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1907.160
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
illumination, Iran, Khamsa, nasta'liq script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722)
Provenance

To 1907
Bernard Quaritch, London, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bernard Quaritch in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Purchase List of Persian Manuscripts and Miniatures, pgs. 104-105, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bernard Quaritch (C.L. Freer source) 1847 - 1913

Description

Manuscript; Kitab al-khamsa (Book of five poems) by Jami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script with illuminated headings; 213 folios with a double-page frontispiece (fols. 1verso, 2 recto), 4 sarlawhs (fols. 27verso, 70verso,127verso,180verso), and dated colophons (fols. 27recto, 70recto,127recto, 180recto, 213recto); standard page: 4 columns, 19 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in leather over paper pasteboards with gold block-stamped exterior covers and doublures of gold leather filigree over a multicolored paper ground. The envelope flap has a border and surface identical to that on the exterior cover.

Inscription(s)

Colophon for first book (Folio 27, recto):
"and to God be praise...
and peace on Muhammad
and to his servants glory
and peace of abundant
blessings. I have written
it in the months of the year
nine hundred and fifty-five."
70 recto:
Subhatu'l-abrar
"written in the third month
Dhu'l-qa'da the year nine hundred
and fifty-five."
127 recto:
Yusuf u Zulaykha
"written in the eighth month Dhu'l-
hijja the year nine hundred
and fifty-five."
180 recto:
Layla va Majnun
"written in the month Muharram
al haram the year nine hundred
and fifty-six the year of the
Prophet."
213 recto:
Khirad-nama-i-Sikandari (The Book of the wisdom of Alexander).
"Written in the month Safar
finished in the year nine
hundred and fifty-six
the year of the Prophet peace
and happiness abundant."

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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