Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi; Manija and Bijan

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script, recto: text, the folio has been pasted together with several pieces taken from another part of the manuscript; verso: illustration and text, Bijan and Manija, four columns, ten lines of text; one of a group of seven folios.
Border: The text is set in red rulings on cream-colored paper.

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Historical period(s)
Delhi Sultanate period, ca. 1450 or earlier
School
Pre-Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 32.4 x 25 cm (12 3/4 x 9 13/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.126
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Bijan, Delhi Sultanate (1206 - 1526), Henri Vever collection, India, Khamsa, Manija, nasta'liq script, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script, recto: text, the folio has been pasted together with several pieces taken from another part of the manuscript; verso: illustration and text, Bijan and Manija, four columns, ten lines of text; one of a group of seven folios.
Border: The text is set in red rulings on cream-colored paper.

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. 30, fig. 16.
  • 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. 193, p. 164.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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