Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d. 1209); Couple with attendants; verso: text: Chapter thirty-one: discrediting overindulgence in eating, part from Khusraw va Shirin

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.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1513
School
Herat school
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 23.5 x 16 cm (9 1/4 x 6 5/16 in)
Geography
Afghanistan, Herat
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1967.8
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Afghanistan, attendant, lovers, music, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

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.

Label

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.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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