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Illuminated Manuscript, Five poems (quintet), Bahrām Gūr kills two lions, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.611, fol. 141a | by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts
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Illuminated Manuscript, Five poems (quintet), Bahrām Gūr kills two lions, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.611, fol. 141a

This is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the Khamsah (quintet) by Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE), written in 1059 AH / 1649 CE by Shams al-Dīn Kirmānī. The codex opens with an illuminated titlepiece inscribed hadhā kitāb Khamsah-ʾi Mawlānā Shaykh-i Niẓāmī (fol. 1b). There are additional illuminated headpieces for the subsequent four poems (fols. 22b, 82b, 130b, and 180b). The illustrations are in different styles executed during the Safavid and Qajar periods. The floral lacquer binding dates to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE.

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