Khamsa Safavid & Qajar

Walters manuscript W.608 is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the Khamsah (quintet) by Nizami Ganjavi (died 605 AH/AD 1209), completed by Habib Allah ibn 'Ali ibn Husam in Safavid Iran in Rabi' II 971 AH/AD 1563. Illuminated titlepieces introduce the 5 poems, and there are 30 illustrations, the majority of which are attributable to 13th century AH/AD 19th Qajar Iran.
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This non-original binding from Walters mansucript W.608 is composed of brown leather with a blind-stamped oval central medallion and pendants. The binding has no flap.

This non-original binding from Walters mansucript W.608 is composed of brown leather with a blind-stamped oval central medallion and pendants. The binding has no flap.

This folio from Walters manuscript W.608 contains a colophon, in Arabic, giving the name of the scribe and the date of copying.

This folio from Walters manuscript W.608 contains a colophon, in Arabic, giving the name of the scribe and the date of copying.

This incipit page from Walters manuscript W.608 has an illuminated titlepiece introducing the Iqbalnamah, the 2nd part of the 5th poem of the Khamsah, Iskandarnamah. It is inscribed in white on a gold ground with polychrome floral decoration.

This incipit page from Walters manuscript W.608 has an illuminated titlepiece introducing the Iqbalnamah, the 2nd part of the 5th poem of the Khamsah, Iskandarnamah. It is inscribed in white on a gold ground with polychrome floral decoration.

This incipit page from Walters manuscript W.608 has an illuminated titlepiece introducing the 1st poem of the Khamsah, Makhzan al-asrar. It is inscribed in white on a gold ground with polychrome floral decoration.

This incipit page from Walters manuscript W.608 has an illuminated titlepiece introducing the 1st poem of the Khamsah, Makhzan al-asrar. It is inscribed in white on a gold ground with polychrome floral decoration.

This incipit page from Walters manuscript W.608 has an illuminated titlepiece introducing the 2nd poem of the Khamsah, Khusraw va Shirin, which is inscribed in white on a gold ground with polychrome floral decoration.

This incipit page from Walters manuscript W.608 has an illuminated titlepiece introducing the 2nd poem of the Khamsah, Khusraw va Shirin, which is inscribed in white on a gold ground with polychrome floral decoration.

Khusraw Watching Shirin Bathing

Khusraw Watching Shirin Bathing

Khusraw and Shirin Hunting

Khusraw and Shirin Hunting

Khusraw Kills a Lion Outside Shirin's Tent

Khusraw Kills a Lion Outside Shirin's Tent

Farhad Brought Before the Throne of Khusraw

Farhad Brought Before the Throne of Khusraw

Farhad Carries Shirin and her Horse

Farhad Carries Shirin and her Horse

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