Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); recto: Bilqis enthroned, left-hand half of a double-page; verso: Sarlawh and text unrelated to Khamsa (from the Shahnama of Firdawsi)

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Shiraz, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 33.3 x 20.8 cm (13 1/8 x 8 3/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: left-hand half of a double-page composition mounted on an unrelated page of the Shahnama, facing folio (S1986.189.1), Bilqis enthroned; verso: text from the Shahnama of Firdawsi; sarlawh; four columns, fifteen lines, one of a group of two folios.
    Border: recto: the painting is set in a blue and red inner frame and an illuminated outer frame; verso: the text is set in gold, red and blue rulings on paper with landscape and animal motifs.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Paintings from Shiraz (December 24, 1994 to August 27, 1995)
  • Origin

    Shiraz, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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