Kulliyat (Complete works) by Sa’di (d.1291)

Manuscript; Kulliyat (Complete works) by Sa’di; Persian in black nasta’liq script; illuminated headings; 383 folios, a double folio of table of contents with gold marginal drawings (fols. 1verso-2recto), double-page frontispiece (fols. 3verso-4recto), double-page preface (4verso-5recto); standard page: 17 lines of text and a side column with 12 lines.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in brown leather with gold block-stamped panels; binding remounted with new spine.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Muhammad al-Qivam al-Shirazi
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid-16th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 31.1 x 20.6 cm (12 1/4 x 8 1/8 in)
Geography
Iran, probably Fars, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1971.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
illumination, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Manuscript; Kulliyat (Complete works) by Sa'di; Persian in black nasta'liq script; illuminated headings; 383 folios, a double folio of table of contents with gold marginal drawings (fols. 1verso-2recto), double-page frontispiece (fols. 3verso-4recto), double-page preface (4verso-5recto); standard page: 17 lines of text and a side column with 12 lines.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in brown leather with gold block-stamped panels; binding remounted with new spine.

Inscription(s)

Fol. 383 recto: (bottom left), The book of Kulliyat of eloquent speaker, sultan of scholars Mushref al-Din Sa'di Shirazi is finished. May God cherish him.

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 100, p. 125.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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