AN ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT OF A DISPERSED KHAMSA OF NIZAMI GANJAVI, INCLUDING THE SHARAF NAMEH, HAFT PEYKAR, ISKANDAR NAMEH, AND LEYLA O MAJNUN
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Iran, dated 1060 and 1061 AH (1650 and 1651), with later illuminations
Persian manuscript on paper, 283ff., each folio with 20ll. of black ink nasta’liq script arranged in four vertical columns, within blue, red, and gold rules, the opening bifolio of each romance with gold and polychrome illumination with intricate floral motifs, catchwords, containing seven illuminations in opaque pigments with court and riding scenes, set in a dark brown leather binding, the text panel 24.8cm x 14.7cm, the folio 31cm x 18.3cm.
The present tome contains more than half of the five books of the Khamsa arranged in peculiar pagination, disregarding the traditional order of the romances. Moreover, the Iskandar Nameh (made up of the Sharaf Nameh and Iqbal Nameh) appears to be split by the Haft Peykar. The end of the first book is dated 1061 AH (1651), the second and third ones 1060 AH (1650), and the last is undated. The Makhzan-e al-Asrar, and Khosrow o Shirin, traditionally the first two books of the five, must have been bound separately. The seven illuminations present in our manuscript seem largely unrelated to the text they accompany.
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