Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d.1209); recto: inscriptions and seals; verso: Solomon enthroned, right-hand half of a double-page

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; recto: flyleaf with inscriptions, seal; verso: right-hand half of a double-page composition, facing folio (S1986.189.2), Solomon enthroned; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The painting is set in a blue and red inner frame and an illuminated outer frame.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca.1560
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 33.4 x 20.8 cm (13 1/8 x 8 3/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.189.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Solomon, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; recto: flyleaf with inscriptions, seal; verso: right-hand half of a double-page composition, facing folio (S1986.189.2), Solomon enthroned; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The painting is set in a blue and red inner frame and an illuminated outer frame.

Inscription(s)

Flyleaf: "this excellent book of the Khamsa of Nizami, gilded and painted and margined, is the work of master of worthy ability with a tooled cover... is rare to find its equal and it is priceless. Friday, the 18th of the holy month of Muharram in the year [A.H.] 1128 [A.D. January 3, 1716]."
Other inscriptions on the flyleaf date from [A.H.] 1112 to 1156 [A.D. 1700-1743]; seals.

Other inscriptions of the flyleaf: "I gave this book as a present to the apple of my eyes, my dear child, Mula Zaynal, on the condition that he understands the value and merit of the book and at time recalls this humble culprit servant. The third Tuesday, the eleventh of the month of Jumada al-thani, [A.H.] 1156, [A.D. August, 1743], the pious Shaykh Afzal [?]."

"The twelfth of Khurdad in the year [A.H.] 1112, [A.D. May, 1733] entered the library; Javad [Kabuli?]."

"The third of Muharram al-Haram, year [?], entered the library; al-'abd Abdullah [?]."

"The purpose is the legacy that is left by us/ as our existence is not permanent/ after all, someday a pious person/ may have mercy upon and pray for mendicants (us)."

"Friendship with the wise is like a golden bowl/ it will not crack and if it cracks one can mend it/ friendship with the fool is like a ceramic jar it will crack and if not, it should be thrown away."

Published References
  • 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. 257, p. 228.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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