12 October 2004
MAWLANA JALAL AL-DIN RUMI (d. AH 672/1273 AD): MASNAVI
TIMURID IRAN, MID SAFAR AH 863/MID-SEPTEMBER 1468 AD
Poetry, Persian manuscript on paper, 326ff. with 21ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in four gold-outlined columns, the title of each of the six sections in Persian in Eastern kufic on illuminated panels, minor titles in gold on red-hatched panels within text, final folio with colophon signed by the scribe Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Rahim ibn Muhammad ibn Siraj al-Din and dated mid-Safar 873, later black morocco binding with gold lacquer medallions and spandrels
Folio 7¾ x 5in. (19.6 x 12.6cm.)
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This is a fine Timurid copy of the famous Mathnawi. Preceding each chapter a later owner has appended a short commentary in Arabic or Persian in shikasteh. These notes and the acompanying gold floral illumination are probably of 19th century date.
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