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Walters Ms. W.655, Anthology of Persian poetry
Anthology of Persian poetry
Vernacular: منتخبات اشعار
This is an illustrated collection of Persian poetry by such famous poets as Hāfiẓ, Saʿdī, Jāmī, and Ṣafā. It was executed in Qajar Iran in an oblong format in the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. The text, which is incomplete at the beginning and at the end, is written in ploychrome shikastah script. Fifteen paintings illustrate the text. The goatskin binding is original to the manuscript.
Early 13th century AH / 19th CE
Literary -- Poetry
The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.
Laid paper with some leaves tinted
7.0 cm wide by 13.0 cm high
5.0 cm wide by 9.0 cm high
- Columns: 2
- Ruled lines: 6
- Text written obliquely and horizontally; framing lines in black, green, and red
- Title: Muntakhabāt-i ashʿār
- Text note: Incomplete at beginning and end; some leaves out of order; two clearly identified sections: Ḥasratnāmah-i Ṣafā (fol. 27b) and Ghazaliyāt-i Jāmī (fol. 45b)
- Hand note: Written in Shikastah script in black, red, blue, and white
- Decoration note: Fifteen illustrations; framing lines in black, green, and red
The binding is original.
Limp leather with painted cloth (no flap); Persian oblong (safīnah) format; floral decoration in the center panel
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest
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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