Walters Art Museum Ms. W.623
This illuminated and illustrated manuscript contains the Khamsah (quintet) and two historical poems (masnavi), Qirān-i saʿdayn and Nuh sipihr, by Amīr Khusraw Dihlavī (d. 725 AH / 1325 CE). The codex is dated 1017 AH / 1609 CE and was produced in Safavid Iran. All texts are written in black nastaʿlīq script with chapter headings in red. The manuscript opens with an illuminated and illustrated frontispiece of a hunting and court scene in the early Safavid style (fols. 1b-2a). The first text is Khamsah-i Dihlavī (fols. 2b-192a), which is introduced by an illuminated incipit and titlepiece with the title of the first poem of the quintet and the author's name. The second text is Qirān-i saʿdayn, a historical poem (masnavi) about the meeting of Sultan Muʿizz al-Dīn Kayqubād and his father, Nāṣir al-Din Bughrā Khān, on the banks of the Sarjū in Oudh. It is also introduced with an illuminated incipit and titlepiece (fol. 193b). The third text is Nuh sipihr, a historical poem (masnavi) describing the glories of Sultan Quṭb al-Dīn Mubārak Shāh Khaljī’s time, introduced with an illuminated incipit and headpiece (fol. 223b). The dark brown leather binding is original to the manuscript.

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