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Kulliyat (Complete works) by Sa'di (d.1291)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid-16th century
  • Geography

    Shiraz, probably Fars, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 31.1 x 20.6 cm (12 1/4 x 8 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Muhammad al-Qivam al-Shirazi
  • Description

    Manuscript; Kulliyat (Complete works) by Sa'di; Persian in black nasta'liq script; illuminated headings; 383 folios, a double folio of table of contents with gold marginal drawings (fols. 1 verso-2recto), double-page frontispiece (fols. 3verso-4recto), double-page preface (4verso-5recto); standard page: 17 lines of text and a side column with 12 lines.
    Binding: The manuscript is bound in brown leather with gold block-stamped panels; binding remounted with new spine.
  • Inscriptions

    Fol. 383 recto: (bottom left), The book of Kulliyat of eloquent speaker, sultan of scholars Mushref al-Din Sa'di Shirazi is finished. May God cherish him.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Islamic Manuscript Illumination (January 23, 1984 to December 10, 1984)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
    Near Eastern Art (June 15, 1973 to May 7, 1975)
  • Origin

    Shiraz, probably Fars, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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