Amir Khusrau Dihlavi, Khamsa (Five Poems), with nine miniatures, copied by Pir Husain al-Katib al-Sh
Lot 7
Amir Khusrau Dihlavi, Khamsa (Five Poems), with nine miniatures, copied by Pir Husain al-Katib al-Shirazi Persia, probably Shiraz, circa 1520-30
Sold for £3,600 (US$ 6,115) inc. premium
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Lot Details
Amir Khusrau Dihlavi, Khamsa (Five Poems), with nine miniatures, copied by Pir Husain al-Katib al-Shirazi
Persia, probably Shiraz, circa 1520-30
Persian manuscript on paper, 255 leaves, incomplete at beginning, first two folios later replacements, 17 lines to the page written in four columns of elegant nasta'liq script in black ink, double intercolumnar rules in gold, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, catchwords, headings in nasta'liq in blue ink within panels decorated with intertwining floral motifs in colours and gold, occasional illuminated cornerpieces, one fine illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, nine miniatures, some flaking to faces, the illustrated and illuminated leaves detached, rather browned, some crude repairs, the date in the colophon has been tampered with, lacking binding, in folder
267 x 167 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired by the vendor at an estate sale in New Hampshire in 1959/60.

    The miniatures are as follows:

    a: Bahram Gur and the Princess in the purple pavilion.
    b: Bahram Gur and the Princess in the green pavilion.
    c: Bahram Gur and the Princess in the white pavilion.
    d: Majnun and Layla at school.
    e: Layla comforts Majnun in the wilderness.
    f: Majnun in the wilderness surrounded by wild animals.
    g: Bahram Gur hunting watched by Azadeh.
    h: Enthronement scene in a landscape.
    i: Two lovers lying in front of a palace gate having fainted.
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