Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Amir Khusraw Dihlavi; verso: Amir Khusraw presents a book of poetry to Ala’uddin Khalji; recto: text

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: Amir Khusraw presents a book of poetry to Ala’uddin Khalji.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, green, and red rulings on gold-sprinkled paper.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Ala'uddin Muhammad al-Harawi
Author: Amir Khusraw Dihlavi (1253-1325)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1503-1504
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 30.5 x 19.5 cm (12 x 7 11/16 in)
Geography
Afghanistan, Balkh
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.213
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afghanistan, gift giving, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Khamsa, poems, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), 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, four columns, nineteen lines; verso: Amir Khusraw presents a book of poetry to Ala'uddin Khalji.
Border: The text and the painting are set in gold, green, and red rulings on gold-sprinkled paper.

Published References
  • World of Khusrau: Innovations & Contributions. .
  • The Hague. Catalogus tentoonstelling van islamische kunst. cat. 19, p. 22.
  • "Le goût de l'Orient : Georges Marteau collectionneur." The taste of the East: Georges Marteau collector. Exh. cat. Paris, France. p. 101, cat. 71.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 36, pp. 134-135.
  • 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. 199, pp. 168-169.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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