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folio 141 verso: Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d. 1209); verso: illustration: The youthful Qays (Majnun) and Layla at school; recto: text

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Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami (d. 1209); verso: illustration: The youthful Qays (Majnun) and Layla at school; recto: text

Manuscript folio
Calligrapher: Murshid al-Shirazi
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 1548 (955 A.H.)
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 31.1 x 19.7 cm (12 1/4 x 7 3/4 in)
Iran, Shiraz
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Folio from the Layla va Majnun in the Khamsa (Quintet) by Nizami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: text: 4 columns, 15 lines; verso: illustration: The youthful Qays (Majnun) and Layla at school; from the manuscript F1908.199.
Binding: The folio is bound with the rest of the manuscript in contemporary brown leather over paper pasteboards with doublures of cream-colored paper.

To 1908
Tabbagh Frères, Paris, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tabbagh Frères, Paris, through the Bauer-Folsom Company, New York, in 1908 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See List of Persian Books and Paintings, S.I. 1592, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. In 1932, F1908.259-.284 were separated from F1908.199 and given their current numbers.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Tabbagh Frères (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Iran, Layla, lovers, Majnun, poems, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), school
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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