Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami
Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)
Maulana Azhar (d. 1475/76)
present-day Afghanistan, Herat
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; lacquer binding
11 x 7in. (27.9 x 17.8cm)
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913
Not on view
Signature: Text in Persian, in nasta'liq script copied by Maulana Azhar (d. A.H. 880/ A.D.1475-6).
Emperor Akbar, India (from 1580); his granson, Shah Jahan, India (in 1658); Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
Jackson, A. V. Williams, and A. Yohannan. "Presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, by Alexander Smith Cochran." In A Catalogue of the Collection of Persian Manuscripts, Including also Some Turkish and Arabic. 1914. no. 10, p. 71.
Museum of Metropolitan Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (1975). p. 24, ill. (color).
Lentz, Thomas W., and Glenn D. Lowry. "Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century." In Timur and the Princely Vision. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989. no. 62, pp. 173, 175, 342, ill. p. 175 (color).
Artist: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)Date: dated A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paperAccession: 184.108.40.206On view in:Gallery 455