Khusraw u Shirin by Nizami (d.1209)

Manuscript; Khusraw u Shirin from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script with illuminated headings; 62 folios with an unwan (F1931.37), 6 paintings (F 1931.31-36), and 1 shamsa (folio 2recto); 1 colophon (folio 62verso); seals (fols. 32, 34, 40, 45, 54); coat of arms (flyleaf); standard page: 4 columns, 25 lines of text; one of a group of 9: the binding (F 1931.30) and detached folios with paintings (F1931.31-36) are parts of the manuscript accessioned separately.
Binding: The manuscript was originally bound in a lacquer painted covers with scenes of feasting and hunting (F1931.30); the binding has been removed.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Ali ibn Hasan al-Sultani
Historical period(s)
Jalayirid dynasty, ca. 1400
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 18.3 x 12.7 cm (7 3/16 x 5 in)
Geography
Iran, Tabriz
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1931.29
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
illumination, Iran, Khusraw, nasta'liq script, Shirin, Timurid period (1378 - 1506)
Provenance

To 1931
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1931 [1]

From 1931
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1931 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Description

Manuscript; Khusraw u Shirin from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script with illuminated headings; 62 folios with an unwan (F1931.37), 6 paintings (F 1931.31-36), and 1 shamsa (folio 2recto); 1 colophon (folio 62verso); seals (fols. 32, 34, 40, 45, 54); coat of arms (flyleaf); standard page: 4 columns, 25 lines of text; one of a group of 9: the binding (F 1931.30) and detached folios with paintings (F1931.31-36) are parts of the manuscript accessioned separately.
Binding: The manuscript was originally bound in a lacquer painted covers with scenes of feasting and hunting (F1931.30); the binding has been removed.

Inscription(s)

Colophon, folio 62 verso [126]: "of the poetry of...Shaykh Awhad al-Din Nizami of Ganja...
Written by the slave who hopes for divine pardon Ali ibn Hasan al-Sultani in...May God disregard his sins, at the capital Tabriz, may God protect them from catastrophe and calamity."

Published References
  • Richard Ettinghausen Ernst Kuhnel. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 6 vols., London and New York, 1938 - 1939. vol. 3, pp. 1844, 1852.
  • Freer Gallery of Art. Gallery Book I: Exhibition of May 20, 1935. Washington. .
  • B. W. Robinson. Fifteenth-Century Persian Painting: Problems and Issues. Hagop Kevorkian Series on Near Eastern Art and Civilization New York. p. 4.
  • Fu Shen, Glenn D. Lowry, Ann Yonemura, Thomas Lawton. From Concept to Context: Approaches to Asian and Islamic Calligraphy. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 45, pp. 104, 128-129.
  • Mehmet Aga-Oglu. The Khusrau wa Shirin Manuscript in the Freer Gallery. vol. IV Ann Arbor. pp. 479-481, fig. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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