Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami of Ganja

Author Nizami
Calligrapher Maulana Azhar

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The manuscript of the Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) was copied by Azhar, a pupil of Ja'far, in a fine nasta'liq that resembles that of his master. The volume opens with an illuminated shamsa, followed by a double-page illuminated frontispiece. Small illuminated panels bearing captions are found throughout the text, all in a style close to the illumination of Laila u Majnun (1994.232) but not quite so fine in the quality of drawing or clarity of pigment. The lacquer binding was added in India.

Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami of Ganja, Nizami (present-day Azerbaijan, Ganja 1141–1209 Ganja), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; lacquer binding

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