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Poem (masnavi), Walters Art Museum MS. W.656

Mar 12, 2016

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This is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of a mystic poem (masnavi) entitled Ṣifat al-ʿāshiqīn (Qualities of lovers) by Nūr al-Dīn Hilālī (d. 936 AH / 1529-30 CE). It was written in nastaʿlīq script by Muʿizz al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Ḥusaynī in 978 AH / 1570-1 CE. The manuscript opens with a double-page illustrated frontispiece (fols. 1b-2a), followed by a double-page illuminated incipit (fols. 2b-3a). Borders throughout the codex are illuminated with floral and bird motifs. The lacquer binding is original to the manuscript.

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