Divan of Sultan Husayn Baiqara

Calligrapher Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

This lavishly embellished manuscript comprises a collection (divan) of poetry composed by the late fifteenth-century Timurid ruler Sultan Husain Baiqara (r. 1470–1506) in eastern or Chaghatai Turkish. The calligraphic text, written on a variety of colorful papers mounted within elaborately stenciled and painted margins, was copied by one of Sultan Husain's favored calligraphers - Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi.

Divan of Sultan Husayn Baiqara, Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi (Iranian, Mashhad 1453–1520 Mashhad), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; lacquer binding

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p.35 verso, p.36 recto