- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Manuscript of the Mathnavi-i Ma‘navi by Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi
- Work Type
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Qazvin?
- Safavid period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Ink, colors, and gold on paper; gilt-stamped leather binding
- 24 x 14 cm (9 7/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
- Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, Geneva, Switzerland (by 2014), by descent; to her son Abolala Soudavar, Houston, Texas (2014), loan; to Harvard Art Museums, 2015.
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar (1913-2014) formed this collection over a period of sixty years. She purchased the works of art on the international art market.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Loan from A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- The manuscript opens with a lavishly gilded and richly illuminated double-page frontispiece. The text is copied in naskh in four columns and twenty-five lines to a page.
Four other headings at the beginning of each chapter (daftar) are exquisitely illuminated and enclosed in floral decorations on the margins.
The colophons at the end of these books indicate that they were finished in Rabi II 1019 (June-July 1610), 7 Shawwal 1019 (23 December 1610), 25 Dhu al-hijjah 1020 (28 February 1612), 8 Rabi II 1024 (7 May 1615) spanning five years.
The light brown binding with lighter-tone flap has a gilt-stamped central medallion depicting a bird on a tree, a rabbit and a fox. The inner covers of burgundy color carry a central medallion and pendants, which are decorated with arabesque filigrees on blue, green and white grounds.
During the binding repair the lower board has been installed upside-down.
- Related Works
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