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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi, text: Persian in black nasta'liq script, recto: text, four columns, nineteen lines; verso: illustration and text, Bahram Gur in a rage, four columns, eleven lines; one of a group of six folios.
Border: Text is within a border of colored panels.
Stamps: London 1931 - VV45/418; Paris Douanes Expo; Paris Douanes Centrale Ex/ portation/ Tailleur Fils [see notes]; abstract of text: Bahram Gor, out hunting with his concubine Naznin, has performed a feat of archery: by castrating a male gazelle and shooting two arrows into the head of a female, he has "turned a male into a female and a female into a male." When he asks Naznin what she thinks of this feat, she replies that, although it was pretty good, others could probably do as well, if not better. In a rage, Bahram Gor responds, "What I did was perfection. How could anyone do any better? If you think there is someone better than me, go to him!"; în sukhan guft u pay ba kîn afshurd/ û fikandash zi zîn u markab burd/ Shud shah u Nâznîn ba ranj bimând/ Azhdihâ barguzasht u ganj bimând [Thus saying, he took to revenge/ throwing her from her saddle and taking her horse away./ The king left, leaving Naznin in pain:/ the dragon went away and the treasure remained behind.] [Lines immediately above and below illustration, which shows Naznin lying on the ground and the gazelles with their sexes "reversed" by Bahram Gor.]
- Published References
- Eloise Brac de la Perriere. Les manuscrits a peintures dans l'Inde des sultanats: l'exemple de la Khamse dispersee d'Amir Khosrow Dehlavi, c. 1450. vol. 56. p. 34, fig. 26.
- Milo Cleveland Beach. A Volume of Homage: A Jain Manuscript, 1411. vol. 1, no. 3 New York, Summer 1988. p. 51.
- B. W. Robinson. Fifteenth-Century Persian Painting: Problems and Issues. Hagop Kevorkian Series on Near Eastern Art and Civilization New York. p. 63.
- Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 197, pp. 165-166.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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