Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; recto: text; verso: text: The twelfth discourse: on the lamentation of fortune

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At A Glance

  • Period

    circa 1575
  • Geography

    Khurasan, Iran
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 26.4 x 17.2 cm (10 3/8 x 6 3/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black and white nasta'liq script on gold-flecked paper; recto: text, two columns, eleven lines; verso: The twelfth discourse: on the lamentation of fortune; two columns, ten lines, illuminated heading; one of the group of four folios.
    Border: The recto is set in gold, red, purple and blue rulings on blue paper with flowers, birds, and marginal cartouches stenciled in white. The verso is set in gold, purple and blue rulings on cream-colored paper with animal and floral motifs and marginal cartouches painted in gold.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Origin

    Khurasan, Iran
  • Credit Line

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