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.
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, 16TH CENTURY

"Bahram Gur Shows His Skill Hunting, while Fitna Watches", Folio from a Haft Paykar (Seven Portraits) of Nizami

"Bahram Gur Shows His Skill Hunting, while Fitna Watches", Folio from a Haft Paykar (Seven Portraits) of Nizami

"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

"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

"Bahram Gur on the Chase", Folio 10r 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 on the Chase", Folio 10r 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 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 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

"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 1141–1217) Calligrapher: Maulana Azhar (d. 1475/76) ca. 1430 Herat

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 .

The fourth of the late twelfth-century Persian poet Nizami's five epic poems, later combined to form the famous Khamsa (Quintet), was the Haft Paikar, or Seven Portraits, so named from one incident in the story

The fourth of the late twelfth-century Persian poet Nizami's five epic poems, later combined to form the famous Khamsa (Quintet), was the Haft Paikar, or Seven Portraits, so named from one incident in the story

Practice Makes Perfect from a Haft Paikar of Nizami. Brooklyn Museum.

Practice Makes Perfect from a Haft Paikar of Nizami. Brooklyn Museum.

A scene from the Haft paykar in which the king escaped from a tower, carried off by magical bird. Artist: Dharamdas - The emperor Akbar's copy of Nizami's Khamsah, dated between 1593 and 1595 and copied by ʻAbd al-Rahim ʻAnbarin-qalam.

A scene from the Haft paykar in which the king escaped from a tower, carried off by magical bird. Artist: Dharamdas - The emperor Akbar's copy of Nizami's Khamsah, dated between 1593 and 1595 and copied by ʻAbd al-Rahim ʻAnbarin-qalam.

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