University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:NEP33.14
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Persian
Provenience: Iran
Shiraz
Period: 16th Century
Date Made: 1584 AD
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Paper
Ink
Leather
Iconography:Nizami Khamsah
Credit Line:Purchased from H. Khan Monif, 1926
Other Number14a/14b - Other Number

Description

Khamsah (or Quintet), poems written by Jamal al-din Abu Muhammad Ilyas ibn Yusuf ibn Zaki Mu'ayyad, usually know by the pen name, Nizami. The greatest Persian poet, he spent most of his life (b. 575-613H [1141-1146 CE]; d. 575-623H [1180-217CE]) in Ganja, (former Elizabehtpol), present-day Azerbayjan. This copy, without its original cover, comprises 359 folios, with two-double paged illumination interleaved with a double-page frontispiece paingtin showing throne scene, and with a double-page finispiece painting showing a banquet. Every one of the five poems begins with an elaborate title heading, and ends with a carpet page and a place for a colophon. The manuscript is written in nasta'liq script and has twenty-seven paintings. Copied in Shira, Iran, by Qasim Katib (uncertain) in teh months of Muharram to Jumada II, 992 H [1584 CE].


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