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Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Khamsa (Qunitet) by Nizami; The prophet Elias and Khadir at the fountain of life, verses in Persian black nasta'liq script.
Border: The painting is set in gold, blue, and black rulings mounted on a gold-sprinkled, light-green paperboard.
On the bottom page: shigifti nashud ke ab-i haywan-guhar / kunad mahi-i murda ra janawar
"It was no surprise that water of vital essence/ should bring to life a dead fish."
The fifth poem of Nizami's Quintet relates the adventures of the Macedonian conqueror Alexander, known in Persian as Iskandar. One of the stories recounts Iskandar's search for the Fountain of Life in the Land of Darkness. According to Nizami, the prophets Khadir and Elias arrive at a fountain to have their meal of dried fish. When one of the fish falls into the water and comes to life, the seekers discover that they have realized their quest. The illustration conforms to later fifteenth-century style with its emphasis on finely rendered surfaces and restrained, idealized figures in the center of the composition.
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