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 incipit page from Walters manuscript W.608 has an illuminated titlepiece introducing the 4th poem of the Khamsah, Haft paykar. 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 4th poem of the Khamsah, Haft paykar. It is inscribed in white on a gold ground with polychrome floral decoration.

Bahram Gur Kills a Wild Ass Before Fitnah

Bahram Gur Kills a Wild Ass Before Fitnah

Majnun’s Father Visits his Son in the Wilderness

Majnun’s Father Visits his Son in the Wilderness

Laylá and Qays (Majnun) at School

Laylá and Qays (Majnun) at School

This incipit page from Walters manuscript W.608 has an illuminated titlepiece introducing the 3rd poem of the Khamsah, Laylá va Majnun. 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 3rd poem of the Khamsah, Laylá va Majnun. 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 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.

Khusraw Watching Shirin Bathing

Khusraw Watching Shirin Bathing

Khusraw and Shirin Hunting

Khusraw and Shirin Hunting

Bahram Gur in the Black Pavilion

Bahram Gur in the Black Pavilion

Fitnah Carries a Bull on her Shoulders in the Presence of Bahram Gur

Fitnah Carries a Bull on her Shoulders in the Presence of Bahram Gur

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