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Illustrated Manuscript

Object Name:
Illustrated manuscript
dated A.H. 815/ A.D. 1412
Attributed to Iran, Shiraz
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; leather binding
6 5/16 x 4 1/2in. (16.1 x 11.4cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mary Griggs Burke Gift and Rogers Fund, 1995
Accession Number:
Not on view
This unidentified manuscript addresses the beliefs and practices of Islam. The colophon, which begins with a reference to the Qur’an rather than the more typical mention of God, may have been added after the manuscript was produced, or part may have been replaced when the manuscript underwent repairs. This would explain why there is no information about the scribe or the title of the work, which has sometimes been identified as a translation of a Zoroastrian text. Although it does include a mention of Zoroaster, it also provides religious instruction and guidance to its Muslim audience, addressing topics such as the distinction between the truly pious and those who pursue worldly affairs, the fall of Iblis, and poor behavior among the religious class. The illustrations may date to the mid-fifteenth century, when the Turkmen style was prevalent in Shiraz.
Inscription: Location: Colophon
Style: Naskh
Translation: It is the Book of Buddha (?) Zoroaster that Sana'i, may God's benediction be upon him, has by order of Sultan Masud, translated from Pahlavi to Dari, and after that, by order of Nasir al-din Tusi, has been translated from Dari to Farsi, with excerpts from Sa'di and from Mulla Rum (Rumi); written in the year 815 (A.D. 1412).

Marking: See attached card.
[ H. P. Kraus, New York, until 1995; sold to MMA]
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