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Walters Ms. W.642, Poem (masnavi)
Vernacular: سبحة الابرار
Authority name: Jāmī, 1414-1492
As-written name: Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad Jāmī
Name, in vernacular: نور الدين عبد الرحمان بن احمد جامي
Note: Author dates preferred by cataloger: d. 898 AH / 1492 CE
This is an illuminated copy of the well-known poem (mas̱navī) Subḥat al-abrār (The rosary of the righteous) by Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad Jāmī (d. 898 AH / 1492 CE), produced in Safavid Iran. The text, written in nastaʿlīq script, was copied by Ḥaydar al-Ḥusaynī in 965 AH / 1557-8 CE, according to the Arabic colophon (fol. 112a). The manuscript opens with an illuminated double-page incipit inscribed with the title of the work and the author's name. The subsequent pages have decorated borders and gold-sprinkled margins. The dark brown goatskin binding, which is original to the manuscript, has light brown doublures decorated with filigree work on a multi-colored ground. The original shelfmark of 3934 is inscribed on the tail edge of the codex.
965 AH / 1557-8 CE
As-written name: Ḥaydar al-Ḥusaynī
Name, in vernacular: حيدر الحسيني
Literary -- Poetry
The primary language in this manuscript is Persian. The secondary language of this manuscript is Arabic.
- Transliteration: katabahu al-ʿabd al-faqīr al-mudhnib al-muḥtāj ilá raḥmat Allāh /1/ wa-ghufrānih Ḥaydar al-Ḥusaynī ghaffara Allāh lahu wa-li-man qara<ʾ>ahu /2/ wa-naẓara fīhi sanat khams wa-sittīn wa-tasʿimi<ʾ>ah /3/
- Comment: Written in Arabic; gives the name of the scribe and the date of copying
cream-colored, gold-sprinkled laid paper
First folio (not a flyleaf) not counted in the foliation
Catchwords: Written obliquely on versos
15.0 cm wide by 24.5 cm high
6.0 cm wide by 12.5 cm high
- Columns: 2
- Ruled lines: 14
- Framing lines in gold, blue, orange, black, and light green
- Title: Subḥat al-abrār
- Author: Jāmī, 1414-1492
- Scribe: Ḥaydar al-Ḥusaynī
- Incipit: المنة لله كه بخون خفتم ...
- Text note: The text begins on 1b that is indicated here as 1*
- Hand note: Written in nastaʿlīq script in black with polychrome headings
- Decoration note: Double-page illuminated incipit; decorated borders and gold-sprinkled margins; polychrome section headings; framing lines in gold, blue, orange, black, and light green
Upper board outside:
- Title: Binding
- Form: Binding
- Label: This dark brown goatskin binding with flap is a Safavid binding produced in 16th-century Iran. The central lobed medallion, pendants, and cornerpieces are brushed with gold. There is a wide border with cartouches in gold with floral motifs alternating with small quatrefoils with raised flowers.
Upper board inside:
- Title: Doublure
- Form: Doublure
- Label: This light brown doublure is decorated with filigree work on a multi-colored ground of blue, orange, and green. The design consists of a central lobed medallion with pendants and cornerpieces framed by a wide border of cartouches alternating with quatrefoils.
- Title: Illuminated double-page incipit with titlepiece
- Form: Incipit; titlepiece
- Label: This is the right side of an illuminated double-page incipit with the top panel inscribed with the title of the poem in white tawqīʿ/riqāʿ script on a gold background. The text area has interlinear gilt decoration with polychrome floral motifs. The illuminated borders are of a blue ground with gilt medallions and floral forms.
- Title: Illuminated double-page incipit
- Form: Incipit
- Label: This is the left side of an illuminated double-page incipit. The top panel is inscribed with the author's name in white tawqīʿ/riqāʿ script on a gold background. The text area has interlinear gilt decoration with polychrome floral motifs. The illuminated borders are of a blue ground with gilt medallions and floral forms.
- Title: Colophon
- Form: Colophon
- Label: This colophon, written in Arabic, is dated 965 AH / 1557-8 CE and gives the name of the scribe as Ḥaydar al-Ḥusaynī. It reads as follows: katabahu al-ʿabd al-faqīr al-mudhnib al-muḥtāj ilá raḥmat Allāh /1/ wa-ghufrānih Ḥaydar al-Ḥusaynī ghaffara Allāh lahu wa-li-man qara<ʾ>ahu /2/ wa-naẓara fīhi sanat khams wa-sittīn wa-tasʿimi<ʾ>ah /3/
The binding is original.
Dark brown goatskin (with flap); central lobed medallion with pendants and cornerpieces brushed with gold; light brown doublures with filigree work on a multi-colored ground of blue, orange, and green
Seal erased; original shelfmark of 3934 on tail edge of codex
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest
Richard, Francis. Catalogue des manuscrits persans. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1989), no. 262/1.
Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam
Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita
Editor: Bockrath, Diane
Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara
The Walters Art Museum
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