Manuscript Leaf of Poetry

ILLUMINATED LEAF   |   Moulana Nuruddin Abdorrahman JAMI

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(ILLUMINATED LEAF) JAMI, Moulana Nuruddin Abdorrahman. Manuscript leaf of poetry. North India: circa 1750. 12mo, single sheet of handmade paper (5 by 8-1/2 inches), written on both recto and verso, and illuminated in black, gold, red, green and blue inks; frame measures 12-1/2 by 15 inches.

Lovely leaf from a mid-18th-century illuminated manuscript of the works of famous 15th-century Persian poet Jami, scribed in 12 lines of delicate, fluid Nasta‘liq script in two columns, beautifully illuminated and handsomely framed in suede mats, gold filet and gilt frames.

15th-century poet Jami, the last great poet in classical Persian, wrote copiously, both in prose and poetry, among the best known of which are Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones of Grace), Salaman and Absal (a version of Leila and Majnun), Khiradnameh Iskandar (Alexander’s Wisdom) and his masterpiece Yusuf and Zulaikha. Scribed in two columns of 12 lines in delicate Nasta‘liq script—among the most fluid calligraphic styles for the Arabic alphabet— this beautiful leaf of Jami’s poetry is sprinkled with gold and illuminated with inter columnar rules decorated with gilt leaf-and-tendril motifs, floral spray corner pieces, elegant rectangular centerpiece and ornate outer border.

Fine condition, beautifully framed.

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