Nizami-Haft Peykar هفت پیکر The Seven Beauties

The Seven Beauties (Persian: هفت پیکر [Haft Peykar]‎) is a famous romantic epic by Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi written in in 1197. This poem is a part of the Nizami's Khamsa. Both translations are meaningful and the poet doubtless exploited intentionally the ambiguity of the words. The poem was dedicated to the Ahmadili ruler of Maragha, Ala-al-Din Korpe Arslan bin Aq-Sonqor. The poem is a masterpiece of erotic literature, but it is also a profoundly moralistic work.
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Bahram Gur in the Black Pavilion

Bahram Gur in the Black Pavilion -

AN ILLUSTRATED AND ILLUMINATED LEAF FROM NIZAMI'S HAFT PAYKAR: KING BAHRAM IN THE RED PAVILION LISTENING TO THE STORY OF THE PRINCESS OF THE FOURTH CLIME, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 16TH CENTURY

An illustrated and illuminated leaf from Nizami's Haft Paykar: King Bahram in the Red Pavilion listening to the story of the Princess of the Fourth Clime, Persia, Safavid, century

"Battle between Alexander and Darius", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami

Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably "Battle between Alexander and Darius", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami, A. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913

AN ILLUSTRATED AND ILLUMINATED LEAF FROM NIZAMI'S HAFT PAYKAR: KING BAHRAM IN THE GREEN PAVILION LISTENING TO THE STORY OF THE PRINCESS OF THE THIRD CLIME, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 16TH CENTURY

An illustrated and illuminated leaf from Nizami's Haft Paykar: King Bahram in the Green Pavilion listening to the story of the Princess of the Third Clime, Persia, Safavid, century

Iskandar visits the wise man in the cave ascribed to Bihzad.

Iskandar, in the likeness of Husayn Bayqara, visiting the wise man in a cave. Ascribed to Bihzad underneath, but to Qasim ʻAli in the text panel.

"Alexander at a Banquet", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami Author: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217) Calligrapher: Sultan Muhammad Nur (ca. 1472–ca. 1536) Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript Date: A.H. 931/A.D. 1524–25 Geography: present-day Afghanistan, Herat Culture: Islamic Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper

Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably "Alexander at a Banquet", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami, A. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913

From the same book of the Khamsah, Haft Paykar (Seven fair Forms) is “Mahan confronted by demons” finds his horse transformed into a seven-headed dragon. The Herat painter—is this again Bihzad, working in a slightly different mode, or is it another?

Mahan confronted by demons finds his horse transformed into a seven-headed dragon Khamsah (Quintet) of Nizami Herat, Bihzad British Library Add.

Battle between Iskandar and Dara, ascribed to Bihzad, from the Iskandarnāmah

Battle between Iskandar and Dara, ascribed to Bihzad, from the Iskandarnāmah -

People-Admire-Khavarnak.jpg (474×745) Miniatures, Gouache, 23.7x13.7 cm Origin: Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty This is one of the 9 miniatures illustrating the poem Haft Paikar in the Hermitage's famous Persian manuscript of the Khamsa, an anthology of five poems by the 12th-century poet Nizami, who lived on the territory of present-day Azerbaijan. In 1431 this manuscript of the Khamsawas copied out in Herat by the calligrapher Mahmud for Sultan Shahrukh , son of the legendary Tamerlaine .

People-Admire-Khavarnak.jpg (474×745) Miniatures, Gouache, 23.7x13.7 cm Origin: Iran, 1431-1431, Timurid Dynasty This is one of the 9 miniatures illustrating the poem Haft Paikar in the Hermitage's famous Persian manuscript of the Khamsa, an anthology of five poems by the 12th-century poet Nizami, who lived on the territory of present-day Azerbaijan. In 1431 this manuscript of the Khamsawas copied out in Herat by the calligrapher Mahmud for Sultan Shahrukh , son of the legendary Tamerlaine .

"How a Braggart was Drowned in a Well",  from a Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami Author: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217) Calligrapher: Maulana Azhar (d. 1475/76)  ca. 1430  Herat

"How a Braggart was Drowned in a Well", from a Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami Author: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably Calligrapher: Maulana Azhar (d.

Battle of Nowfal with the Tribe of Layla

Battle of Nowfal with the Tribe of Layla -

"Bahram Gur and the Indian Princess in the Dark Palace on Saturday", Folio 23v from a Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami Author: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217) Calligrapher: Maulana Azhar (d. 1475/76)  ca. 1430, Herat

"Bahram Gur and the Indian Princess in the Dark Palace on Saturday", Folio from a Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami Author: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably Calligrapher: Maulana Azhar (d.

"The Eavesdropper", Folio 47r from a Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits) of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami Calligrapher: Maulana Azhar (d. 1475/76) Poet: Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja) (probably 1141–1217) Artist: Painting by Unknown Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript Date: ca. 1430 Geography: present-day Afghanistan, Herat

This folio once illustrated a magnificent manuscript of Nizami’s Haft Paikar (Seven Portraits). The story of the Seven Portraits comprises a series of moralizing tales as told to the Persian hero Bahram Gur by seven princesses

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