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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1984.537
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Page from a Zakhira-i Khvarazmshahi (Treasure Dedicated to the King of Khvarazm) of Isma’il Gorgani
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript folio
Date
18th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Deccan
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216240
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; Deccan Sultanate Style
Dimensions
folio: 34.2 x 20.5 cm (13 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Philip Hofer
Accession Year
1984
Object Number
1984.537
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Within a thin gold frame are lines of Persian text written in blank ink and nasta’liq script. There are certain words and phrases highlight in larger text and in red or gold ink. The page’s borders are decorated with gently curving and swirling vines with large fern-like leaves and purple flowers. The page belongs to a dispersed copy of Isma’il Gorgani’s Zakhira-i Khvarazmshahi ("Treasure Dedicated to the King of Khvarazm"). Gorgani’s full name is Sayyid Zayn al-Din Isma'il al-Husayni al-Jurjani (b. 1041-1136). He was Persian and a royal physician. His Zakhira-i Khvarazmshahi is a medical treatise comprising ten chapters and a preface, which talks about the ecology, food, and people of Khvarazm (Khorasan), located in northeastern Iran. Deccan Sultanate Style.

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