Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi; verso: Amir Khusraw presents a book of poetry to Ala'uddin Khalji; recto: text

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Balkh, Afghanistan
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 30.5 x 19.5 cm (12 x 7 11/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Ala'uddin Muhammad al-Harawi
  • Author

    Amir Khusraw Dihlavi (1253-1325)
  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text, four columns, nineteen lines; verso: Amir Khusraw presents a book of poetry to Ala'uddin Khalji.
    Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, green, and red rulings on gold-sprinkled paper.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    George Marteau et l'art du livre persan (June 26, 2019 to January 6, 2020)
    Love and Yearning: Mystical and Moral Themes in Persian Painting (August 30, 2003 to February 22, 2004)
    A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
  • Origin

    Balkh, Afghanistan
  • Credit Line

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