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Adrienne Minassian 1913 - 1994
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration: Couple with attendants, empty panel in the upper right; verso: text: Chapter thirty-one: discrediting overindulgence in eating, part from Khusraw va Shirin, 2 columns, 15 lines.
Border: The painting is set in gold, blue, and black rulings on an illuminated, deep-blue paper with marginal medallions and cartouches. The text is set in blue rulings with gold floral scroll inner frame on an illuminated, deep-blue paper with marginal medallions and cartouches.
From the Khamsa of Nizami. This single page comes from a dispersed copy of Nizami's Khamsa, or quintet, a classical Persian text fequently illustrated in the Safavid period. The scribe's name, along with the date and place he completed the text's transcription, is found in the still-extant colophon. Although the iconography of Khamsa illustrations has been established well before the Safavid era, this charming painting of two lovers and musicians in a garden does not seem to refer to any specific Khamsa episode. It may well be that the painting was added after 1513, either in Herat or in Bukhara, a city whose painters closely followed the Herat styles. The empty panel in the upper right, presumably reserved for a verse or a heading, also suggests that the manuscript was never entirely finished.
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