Habib al-siyar (Beloved of virtues) by Muhammad Khwandamir (died ca. 1533-37)

Manuscript; Habib al-siyar (Beloved of virtues) by Khwandamir; Persian in black, red, and gold nasta’liq script, headings in white; 247 folios with 2 double-page illuminations ( fols. 1 verso-2 recto, and 149 verso-150 recto), 2 sarlawhs (1 verso and 149 verso), 3 paintings (15 recto, 35 recto, 203 recto), and 5 folios of gold landscape and animal motifs (1 recto, 15 verso, 35 verso, 149 recto, and 203 verso), and 2 seals (1 recto, 148 verso); standard page: 20 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in nineteenth-century red leather over paper pasteboards with inlaid medallions signed by Mulla Kabuli Munajjid and dated 1819-20 (1235 A.H.). The doublures are of gilt block-stamped over a blue colored paper ground.

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Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca.1590-1600
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 41.3 x 26.6 cm (16 1/4 x 10 1/2 in)
Geography
Iran, Qazvin
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.57
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, nasta'liq script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Manuscript; Habib al-siyar (Beloved of virtues) by Khwandamir; Persian in black, red, and gold nasta'liq script, headings in white; 247 folios with 2 double-page illuminations ( fols. 1 verso-2 recto, and 149 verso-150 recto), 2 sarlawhs (1 verso and 149 verso), 3 paintings (15 recto, 35 recto, 203 recto), and 5 folios of gold landscape and animal motifs (1 recto, 15 verso, 35 verso, 149 recto, and 203 verso), and 2 seals (1 recto, 148 verso); standard page: 20 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in nineteenth-century red leather over paper pasteboards with inlaid medallions signed by Mulla Kabuli Munajjid and dated 1819-20 (1235 A.H.). The doublures are of gilt block-stamped over a blue colored paper ground.

Inscription(s)

Book cover: The work of Mulla Kabuli Munajjid, the binder [A. H.] 1235 [A.D. 1819-20]; seals; (fol. 1recto, oval) Shahsavar [A.H.] 1267 [A.D. 1850-51]; (oval) The veil was uncovered from truth for Yusuf by God; [truth]. In this way Ahmad [Muhammad] was given to us by the creator.

Published References
  • Sholeh A. Quinn. Persian Historiography across Empires: The Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals. Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Cambridge, United Kingdom, December 17, 2020. cover.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. p. 53, fig. 22.
  • 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. 210, pp. 187-189.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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