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Walters Ms. W.651, Poems (tarji'band)

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Poems (tarji'band)

Text title

Vernacular: ترجيع بندها


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 and illustrated manuscript of a small collection of short love poems of the type called tarjī`band by Nūr al-Dīn ‘Abd al-Raḥmān Jāmī (d. 898 AH / 1492 CE). It was copied in black nasta‘līq script by the calligrapher Muḥammad Zamān al-Tabrīzī in 998 AH / 1589-90 CE in Safavid Iran. The text is written on orange-tinted paper, and the bluish-green borders are illuminated throughout. The manuscript opens with an incipit page with illuminated headpiece (fol. 1b), and there are two illustrations (fols. 3a and 6a). The Qajar lacquer binding is decorated with floral motifs and is inscribed with verses attributed to Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib. An ownership statement is present, and dated 1311 AH / 1893-4 CE, stating that this precious book was bought for his son, Maḥmūd Askānī, from a woman for 10 ashrafis (gold dinars) (fol. 6b).


998 AH / 1589-90 CE




As-written name: Muḥammad Zamān al-Tabrīzī

Name, in vernacular: محمد زمان التبريزي




Literary -- Poetry


The primary language in this manuscript is Persian. The secondary language of this manuscript is Arabic.

fol. 6a:
  1. Transliteration: tammat al-kitāb bi-ʿawn al-Mālik al-Wahhāb /1/ sawwadahu al-ʿabd al-aqall Muḥammad Zamān al-Tabrīzī /2/ sanah 998 /3/
  2. Comment: In Arabic, giving the name of the calligrapher and date of copying

Support material


Orange-tinted paper with bluish-green borders


Foliation: ii+6+ii


Catchwords: Written obliquely on versos


11.0 cm wide by 17.5 cm high

Written surface

5.5 cm wide by 9.5 cm high

  1. Columns: 2
  2. Ruled lines: 10
  3. Mostly two columns that alternate with single columns and obliquely written verses

fols. 1b - 6a:
  1. Title: Tarjīʿbandhā
  2. Author: Jāmī, 1414-1492
  3. Scribe: Muḥammad Zamān al-Tabrīzī
  4. Incipit: اي روي تو ماه عالم ﺁراي ...
  5. Hand note: Written in black nastaʿlīq script
  6. Decoration note: Two illustrations; incipit page with illuminated headpiece; illuminated contour panels and rectangular and triangular pieces in the text area; illuminated borders with animal, plant, and bird motifs


fol. 1b:

  1. W.651, fol. 1b
  2. Title: Incipit page with illuminated headpiece
  3. Form: Incipit; headpiece
  4. Label: This incipit page with illuminated headpiece has a bluish-green border decorated with floral and fauna motifs.

fol. 2a:

  1. W.651, fol. 2a
  2. Title: Illuminated text page
  3. Form: Text page
  4. Label: This text page is written in nasta‘līq script on orange-tinted paper by the calligrapher Muḥammad Zamān al-Tabrīzī in 998 AH / 1589-90 CE in Safavid Iran. The bluish-green borders are illuminated in an early Safavid style.

fol. 3a:

  1. W.651, fol. 3a
  2. Title: A garden scene with three men
  3. Form: Illustration
  4. Label: In a garden, three men gather and exchange poetic verses.

fol. 6a:

  1. W.651, fol. 6a
  2. Title: A landscape scene with a young man and an old man
  3. Form: Illustration; colophon
  4. Label: In this landscape scene, a young man holding a sheet of paper containing a verse and an older man are seated next to a tree. The older man may be intended to represent the poet Jāmī.


The binding is not original.

Dates to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE; Qajar lacquer (without flap); floral motifs in the center panel; Arabic inscription in riqā’ script in the top and bottom panels quoting Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib and highlighting the exercise of elegant writing as a means of income


Ownership statement written by Ḥusayn Qavām Daftar (?) and dated 1311 AH / 1893-4, stating that this precious book was bought for his son, Maḥmūd Askānī, from a woman for 10 ashrafis (gold dinars) (fol. 6b)


Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest


Richard, Francis. Catalogue des manuscrits persans. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1989), no. 245/II.


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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