Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Persian Poetics

Tuḥfat al-ʻIrāqayn : manuscript, 1604

Khaqani MS k

Khaqani MS l

Khaqani MS

Khaqani MS i

Khaqani MS a

Khaqani MS d

Khaqani MS e

Khaqani MS f

Khaqani MS b

Khaqani MS c

Khaqani MS g

Khaqani MS j

Khaqani MS h

Khaqani MS m

{the images were spliced together from screencaps and it's worth clicking through to look at the higher resolution versions; the notes below are essentially paraphrased from the bibliographic record}

This manuscript of Persian poems was written in a small professional nastaliq* script in black ink in two columns laid into the pages. The text is framed within multiple coloured lines (red, green, gold, black and blue).

The page-borders are patterns of birds and animals in colours (pink, orange, blue, etc...) outlined in gold. There are numerous aniconic* headpieces in colours and gold, and three miniatures from the Isfahan school. All of the pages are decorated.

The manuscript was produced in 1604 by Shāh Qāsim and is a copy of the original collection of poetry by Khāqānī, Afz̤al al-Dīn Shirvānī from the end of the 12th century. The poems are classified bibliographically as travel anecdotes.

Tuḥfat al-ʻIrāqayn (MS Typ 536) was digitised by Houghton Library at Harvard University.

I came across the work while looking through the manuscripts in Harvard's Islamic Heritage Project.

Previously: arabic; illuminated.

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