Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1570-1580
  • Geography

    Shiraz, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 31.5 x 20.4 cm (12 3/8 x 8 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Manuscript; Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; illuminated headings in white; 239 folios with 4 sarlawhs (fols. 1 verso, 74 verso, 124 verso, 172 verso), 17 paintings (fols. 12 recto, 20 verso, 36 verso, 39 verso, 61 verso, 100recto, 102 verso, 105 verso, 107 verso, 113recto, 117 verso, 133 verso, 149 verso, 152recto, 166 verso, 212recto), and 60 imprints of three seals; standard page: 4 columns, 21 lines of text.
    Binding: The manuscript is in a nineteenth-century lacquer-painted binding and doublures of gold floral motifs on red ground.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Hotel Drouot
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • Provenance

    Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Unidentified Sale, November 24, 1908. [1]
    To 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [2]
    From 1942 to 1986
    Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France [3]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France [4]
    [1] "Unidentified sale, Hôtel Drouot, November 24, 1908," see Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 400.
    [2] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 229-231, no. 260.
    [3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
    [4] See note 3.
  • Origin

    Shiraz, Iran
  • Credit Line

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