Thursday, November 4, 2010

Illuminated Manuscript of Poems by Jami, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.641, fol. 1b

The beginning of a book containing a selection of poems by the celebrated Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī (d.898/1492) penned in Herat (present-day Afghanistan) by Sulṭān ʿAlī in 899 AH / 1493-4 CE. Rectangular headpiece with the inscription in a decorated gold New Abbasid Style ('broken cursive') on deep-blue background reading: Allāh wa-lā siwāhu.

See this manuscript page by page at the Walters Art Museum website:


  1. This is absolutely beautiful! I'm so glad I found your blog. Thanks for sharing this project with the masses! Are some of these books also on display at the Walters Art Museum?

  2. Yup, a few are always on view, but we rotate them, because they are sensitive to light. We are planning a big islamic manuscript show though, a couple of years time.

  3. Sounds wonderful - hopefully I'll be able to catch it.