Khusraw u Shirin by Nizami (d.1209)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1400
  • Geography

    Tabriz, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 18.3 x 12.7 cm (7 3/16 x 5 in)
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Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Ali ibn Hasan al-Sultani
  • Description

    Manuscript; Khusraw u Shirin from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script with illuminated headings; 62 folios with an unwan (F1931.37), 6 paintings (F 1931.31-36), and 1 shamsa (folio 2 recto); 1 colophon (folio 62verso); seals (fols. 32, 34, 40, 45, 54); coat of arms (flyleaf); standard page: 4 columns, 25 lines of text; one of a group of 9: the binding (F 1931.30) and detached folios with paintings (F1931.31-36) are parts of the manuscript accessioned separately.
    Binding: The manuscript was originally bound in a lacquer painted covers with scenes of feasting and hunting (F1931.30); the binding has been removed.
  • Inscriptions

    Colophon, folio 62 verso [126]: "of the poetry of...Shaykh Awhad al-Din Nizami of Ganja...
    Colophon, folio 62 verso [126]: "of the poetry of...Shaykh Awhad al-Din Nizami of Ganja...
  • Provenance

    To 1931
    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1931 [1]
    From 1931
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1931 [2]
    [1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Sunday, May 03, 2015)
    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    From the Hand of Mani (January 18, 1985 to July 5, 1985)
    Untitled Exhibition, Persian and Near Eastern Art (May 5, 1933 to September 24, 1947)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962)
  • Origin

    Tabriz, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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