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Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami

Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217)

Object Name:
Illustrated manuscript
Date:
15th century
Geography:
Iran, Shiraz
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm) W. 8in. (20.3cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913
Accession Number:
13.228.9.1
  • Description

    By the end of the fifteenth century, manuscripts of Persian poetry typically were written in a script known as nasta'liq, an elegant, flowing form of calligraphy. This manuscript is somewhat unusual in its archaizing use of the more rectilinear naskh script. Nevertheless, the paintings of this manuscript are stylistically akin to those found in manuscripts produced in Shiraz during the reign of Sultan Khalil Aq Quyunlu (d. 1478), suggesting that it was copied under an earlier patron, but illustrated in the Aq Quyunlu period.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Khamsa of Nizami , هفت پیکر Haft Paykar, story شکار کردن بهرام و داغ کردن گوران

    (Nizami Ganjavi, Sab’a-yi hakim Nizami Ganjavi, Haft Paykar, ed.Hasan vahid Dastgirdi, Muassaa-ye Matbu’ati Ilmi publication, 2nd ed., 1363/1985, p.70-71.)

    A.Ghouchani

    Marking: On fol. 115a, in upper left corner: seal impression of owner: "Salih, A.H. 1177 (A.D. 1763–64)"

  • Provenance

    Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)

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