Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami

Tekst by Nizami (Ilyas Abu Muhammad Nizam al-Din of Ganja; probably 1141–1217). Dated A.H. 931/ A.D. 1524–25; present-day Afghanistan, Herat. Binding: leather, embossed, gold and color. Manuscript: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Dimensions: 12 5/8 x 8 3/4 in. (32.1 x 22.2 cm).
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The second poem of Nizami’s Khamsa (Quintet) is a romantic epic tale concerning the last great Sasanian ruler, Khusrau II, and his beloved Armenian princess, Shirin. While their union is delayed by many trials, tribulations, and intervening marriages, eventually the two are happily wed

The second poem of Nizami’s Khamsa (Quintet) is a romantic epic tale concerning the last great Sasanian ruler, Khusrau II, and his beloved Armenian princess, Shirin. While their union is delayed by many trials, tribulations, and intervening marriages, eventually the two are happily wed

Binding, inside

Binding, inside

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Double-page frontispiece

Bahram Gur in the Yellow Palace on Sunday

Bahram Gur in the Yellow Palace on Sunday

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

Alexander at a Banquet

Alexander at a Banquet

One of the five stories related in Nizami's Khamsa (Five Tales) concerns the love affair between the Iranian king Khusrau and the Armenian princess Shirin.  This beautifully-detailed painting captures the moment when Khusrau first catches sight of Shirin, bathing in a stream

One of the five stories related in Nizami's Khamsa (Five Tales) concerns the love affair between the Iranian king Khusrau and the Armenian princess Shirin. This beautifully-detailed painting captures the moment when Khusrau first catches sight of Shirin, bathing in a stream

Bahram Gur in the Sandal Palace on Thursday

Bahram Gur in the Sandal Palace on Thursday

Battle between Alexander and Darius

Battle between Alexander and Darius

Double-page frontispiece

Double-page frontispiece


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