Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); verso: Sarlawh and text; recto: text

citation

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: Completion of the book and sincere advice for the youth; text from Sharafnama (Book of honor), the first part of Iskandarnama, inscription on bottom page; verso: Iqbalnama (Book of happiness), sarlawh, four columns, fifteen lines; one of a group of three folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
1497
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 30 x 18.6 cm (11 13/16 x 7 5/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.360
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: Completion of the book and sincere advice for the youth; text from Sharafnama (Book of honor), the first part of Iskandarnama, inscription on bottom page; verso: Iqbalnama (Book of happiness), sarlawh, four columns, fifteen lines; one of a group of three folios.
Border: The text is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Inscription(s)

Recto, bottom page, Tamam shoud mujalad aval az ketab-i Iskandarnama musami be Sharafnama.
"The first volume (Sharafnama) of the book of Iskandarnama was finished."

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 240, p. 212.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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