Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi (d.1325)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    1562-63 (970 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Astarabad, Iran
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 20.7 x 13 cm (8 1/8 x 5 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Manuscript; Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi; Persian in black nasta'liq script; 238 folios with a frontispiece (fols. 1 verso, 2 recto), 5 sarlawhs (fols. 2 verso, 44 verso, 99 verso,134 verso, 180 verso), 13 paintings (30 recto, 46 verso, 54 verso, 107 recto, 120 verso, 148 recto, 152 recto, 160 verso, 167 recto, 172 recto, 197 recto, 202 verso, 207 recto), 1 dated colophon and inscriptions on folio 238 recto; 2 seals (fols. 1 recto, 1 verso); standard page: 4 columns, 19 lines of text.
    Binding: The manuscript is bound in black leather over paper pasteboards with block-stamped exterior covers and doublures of red leather.
  • Inscriptions

    Fol. 238 recto: The book was finished with the help of the munificent Lord during the month of Jumada 1 in the year [A.H.] 970 [A.D. December 1562-January 1563]; seals: (fol. 1 recto, oval) Ali Muhammad; (fol. 1 verso, square) Muhammad Ali Abd al-Baqi al-Husayni.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Origin

    Astarabad, Iran
  • Credit Line

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