Thursday, November 18, 2010

Illuminated Manuscript Khamsa, Walters Art Museum Ms. 609, fol. 25a

An elegantly illuminated and illustrated copy of the Khamsah (quintet) of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d.605 AH / 1209 CE) executed by Yār Muḥammad al-Haravī in 922 AH / 1516 CE. Written in four columns in black nastaʿlīq script, this manuscripts opens with a double-page decorative composition signed by ʿAbd al-Wahhāb ibn ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ ibn ʿAlī, of which this is one side. It contains 35 miniatures. Two scholars quarreling in the presence of the king. The inscription on the left reads al-sulṭān al-ʿādil.

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