Mahmud 'Abd al-Baqi (1526/27–1600) was a Turkish judge and poet whose most important work is his Divan, or collection of poetical works, which reflects the pleasures of courtly life in Istanbul in the sixteenth century. This is a page from one of the four known illustrated copies of this manuscript. It shows the Shaikh al-Islam (chief theologian) of that time, Abu al-Sa'ud (1490–1574), engaged in discussions with other theologians, and accompanies a qasida, or laudatory poem, about him.
Inscription: The text is a poem which contains a long description of Winter. The first line, as transcribed in modern Turkish, reads: "Agardi berf-ile yer yer cemende cism-i nihal."
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1925; gifted to MMA)
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