|Creator:||Nizami, Nizam d-Din Abu Muhammad, 1141-1203|
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Manuscript on paper, in Persian, with 10 miniatures.
The manuscript contains two distinct parts: Sharaf Namah-i Iskandari (The Alexander Book of Honor) and Iqbal Namah (The Book of Happiness). The Book of Alexander belongs to the famous Khamsah-I Nizami (The Five [Stories] of Nizami). It is written in clear and handsome nasta'liq script, on beige glazed paper, in two columns. The columns of poetry are ruled in gold. The text is ruled throughout with several bands of gold, blue, and red lines. On the margin of the manuscript, there is another anonymous poem running the length of the manuscript. The marginal poem is also ruled throughout with several bands of gold, blue, and red lines. There is one illuminated heading and ten competently executed miniatures. Probably from the Kashmiri school of painting. The erotic miniature usually included in the repertoire of this story, and often found damaged, is in perfect condition here. Bound in contemporary morocco, embossed in gilt. The present manuscript dates from the early Safavid period, during the reign of the Savavid ruler of Iran, Shah Tahmasp, the father of Shah 'Abbas the Great. This is considered the most glorious period of Persian cultural history and the source of the greatest works of painting, calligraphy, and architecture. The manuscript is a fine example of Safavid calligraphy. In Persian.
1 v. ; 23 cm.
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