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Five poems (quintet), Alexander the Great visits Socrates, Walters Manuscript W.604, fol. 296b | by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts
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Five poems (quintet), Alexander the Great visits Socrates, Walters Manuscript W.604, fol. 296b

This is an illuminated and illustrated Timurid copy of the Khamsah of Niẓāmī Ganjavī (d. 605 AH / 1209 CE), completed in 886 AH / 1481 CE. The text is written in black nastaʿlīq script with chapter/section headings in red. Illuminated headings written in a foliated New Abbasid (broken cursive) style in white ink on a blue background with polychrome decoration introduce the poems of the Khamsah (fols. 26b, 97a, 146b, and 202b). (The beginning of Makhzan al-asrār is now missing). There are sixty illustrations. The reddish brown leather binding dates to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. Alexander the Great visits Socrates.

 

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Taken on May 18, 2011