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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Text folio with gold drawings on the margin (text recto; text verso of folio 4), from a manuscript of the Tarjuma-yi Qutub Shahi by Shaykh Baha’i
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Manuscript of the Tarjuma-yi Qutub Shahi (Forty Hadith) by Baha’ al-Din Muhammad al-Amuli (Shaykh Baha’i)
Work Type
manuscript folio
dated 1658
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Safavid period
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Physical Descriptions

Ink, colors, and gold on paper
28 x 15 cm (11 x 5 7/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
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 an illuminated sarlawh. The frontispiece exhibits decorated margins bearing floral drawings in gold and text panels with interlinear gilding. The text is copied in nastaʿlīq and 19 lines to a page. The colophon provides the date Zu’l-ḥijja 1068/September 1658, and the name of the scribe Muhammad Baqir b. Mulla Rahimi al-Lahiji, a resident of Kasma. The reverse of the page provides the same date Zu’l-ḥijja 1068 (September 1658) and states that the manuscript was commissioned by Allah Quli Bika (1019–1079/1610–1669). The significance of this manuscript according to the scribe is that this copy was collated against the original copy in the hand of the author, Shaykh Baha’i.

The manuscript is bound in a brown leather binding with gilt-stamped center and corner pieces.

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