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Walters Manuscripts
This is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the Khamsah (quintet) by Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE), written in 1059 AH / 1649 CE by Shams al-Dīn Kirmānī. The codex opens with an illuminated titlepiece inscribed hadhā kitāb Khamsah-ʾi Mawlānā Shaykh-i Niẓāmī (fol. 1b). There are additional illuminated headpieces for the subsequent four poems (fols. 22b, 82b, 130b, and 180b). The illustrations are in different styles executed during the Safavid and Qajar periods. The floral lacquer binding dates to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W611/description.html
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Walters Manuscripts
This illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of the Khamsah (quintet) of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE) dates to the eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE. The codex opens with a double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 1b-2a). Each of the five poems begins with an illuminated headpiece (fols. 32b, 117b, 176b, 240b, 331b), and there are thirty-six illustrations. The lacquer binding is not original to the manuscript. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W612/description.html
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Walters Manuscripts
This is a fragment of one of the most important illustrated manuscripts produced for the Mughal emperor Akbar: a copy of the Khamsah (quintet) of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE) copied by the royal scribe ʿAbd al-Raḥīm ʿAmbarīn Qalam in the fortieth year of Akbar's reign (1004 AH / 1595 CE). It was most likely executed in Lahore. The larger portion of the manuscript, preserved with the colophon, date, and scribe’s name, is housed in the British Library (Or. MS 12208). The Walters fragment contains parts of Khusraw va Shīrīn and Iskandarnāmah, with five illustrations. The illustrations bear ascriptions to court artists as well as running numbers from 1 to 44. The Walters folios are inscribed with the following names: Sānvlah, Nānhā, Shīvdās, Dharm Dās, and Bīm Gujarātī. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W613/description.html
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Walters Manuscripts
This is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the Khamsah (quintet) by Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE), completed by Ḥabīb Allāh ibn ʿAlī ibn Ḥusām in Safavid Iran in Rabīʿ II 971 AH / 1563 CE. Illuminated titlepieces introduce the five poems, and there are thirty illustrations, the majority of which are attributable to thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE Qajar Iran. Ownership notes and seals indicating the provenance of this manuscript are found throughout the codex (fols. 1a, 2a, 153a, 177a, 233a, 349a, and 351a). The binding is not original to the manuscript. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W608/description.html
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Walters Manuscripts
This illuminated and illustrated copy of the Khamsah (quintet) of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE) was executed in Safavid Iran and dates to the middle of the tenth century AH / sixteenth CE. There are six colophons in Arabic that supply neither the date nor the scribe's name (fols. 31b, 119a, 175a, 238a, 325a, and 371a). The text is written in black nastaʿlīq script with section headings in blue. Twenty paintings attributable to the Shiraz school illustrate the text. The dark brown leather binding with central ovals and pendants, all brushed with gold, is original to the manuscript. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W610/description.html
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This is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of four of the five poems that comprise the Khamsah (quintet) of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE). It does not include Laylá va Majnūn. The text was copied in black nastaʿlīq script by Yādkār the Calligrapher (al-Kātib) in 935 AH / 1529 CE. An illuminated double-page frontispiece opens the codex (fols. 1b-2a), and each poem is introduced with an illuminated headpiece (fols. 33b, 119b, 180b, and 261b). The twenty-seven illustrations appear to have been repainted in India during the twelfth or early thirteenth century AH / eighteenth or early nineteenth CE. The manuscript is bound in late Zand lacquer boards with figural scenes depicting Bahrām Gūr hunting and Khusraw watching Shīrīn bathing. The upper board illustrating Bahrām Gūr is dated 12[0]5 AH / 1790-1 CE. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W607/description.html
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Walters Manuscripts
This is an illuminated and illustrated Khamsah (quintet) by Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE), copied by Muḥammad Mūsá al-Mudhahhib ('the Limner') in Safavid Iran in 924 AH / 1518 CE. The manuscript opens with a double-page illustration (fols. 1b-2a), which is followed by a double-page illumination (fols. 2b-3a). In total, there are six Arabic colophons, one at the end of each of the first four poems and two for the two parts of the final poem (Kitāb-i Sharafnāmah-i Iskandarī and Kitāb-i Iqbālnāmah). The dates of these colophons indicate that the various poems were not executed consecutively. The writing of the text extended over a period of approximately three months, 6 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 923 AH / 1517 CE to 7 Rabīʿ I 924 AH / 1518 CE. The text is written in black nastaʿlīq script with blue subject/section headings. In addition to illuminated titlepieces and headpieces, there are twenty-six illustrations. The binding is not original to the manuscript. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W606/description.html
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This illuminated and illustrated copy of the Khamsah (quintet) of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE) was written by Yār Muḥammad al-Haravī in 922 AH / 1516 CE. Written in four columns in black nastaʿlīq script, this manuscript opens with a double-page illuminated frontispiece signed by ʿAbd al-Wahhāb ibn ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ ibn ʿAlī. It contains thirty-five illustrations that were repainted in India during the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. The seal of Muḥammad Asharf ibn Muḥammad Khātam al-Ḥusaynī, dated 1173 AH / 1759-60 CE appears on fols. 1a and 401a. It is possible that the brown leather binding with center and side panels brushed with gold is original to the manuscript but was repaired at a later stage in the codex's history. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W609/description.html
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Walters Manuscripts
This is an illustrated and illuminated composite volume of three poetic texts: the Khamsah (quintet) of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE), the Khamsah (quintet) of Amīr Khusraw Dihlavī (d. 725 AH / 1325 CE), and the Timūrnāmah (Epic of Timur) by ʿAbd Allāh Hātifī (d. 927 AH / 1520 CE), also known as the Ẓafarnāmah. The texts are written in black naskh script, with titles, section headings, and incidentals in white or red tawqīʿ/riqāʿ script. It was produced in the tenth century AH / sixteenth CE, in either India or Safavid Iran. The binding is not original to the manuscript. According to a note on front flyleaf iia, the codex was re-bound and restored by a bookbinder of Tabriz, Khwand Mullā Mahdī Ṣaḥḥāf-i Tabrīzī in 1295 AH /1878 CE. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W657/description.html
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Walters Manuscripts
This copy of the Khamsah (quintet) of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE) was written by Abū Bakr Shāh ibn Ḥasan ibn ʿAlī al-Shahrastānī and illuminated by Jamāl al-Dīn ibn Muḥammad al-Ṣiddīqī al-Iṣfahānī between 892 AH / 1486 CE and 900 AH / 1494-5 CE. The manuscript opens with a double-page illuminated frontispiece with an inscription giving the title of the work and the name of the author (fols. 1b-2a). There are four illuminated titlepieces with the names of the individual poems and twenty-six repainted illustrations. According to evidence supplied by the colophons, the original binding was by the hand of Jamāl al-Dīn ibn Muḥammad al-Ṣiddīqī al-Iṣfahānī, as well. Unfortunately, it has not survived. The binding presently attached to the manuscript dates to the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W605/description.html
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Walters Manuscripts
This is an illuminated and illustrated Timurid copy of the Khamsah of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE), completed in 886 AH / 1481 CE. The text is written in black nastaʿlīq script with chapter/section headings in red. Illuminated headings written in a foliated New Abbasid (broken cursive) style in white ink on a blue background with polychrome decoration introduce the poems of the Khamsah (fols. 26b, 97a, 146b, and 202b). (The beginning of Makhzan al-asrār is now missing). There are sixty illustrations. The reddish brown leather binding dates to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W604/description.html