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Manuscript/Mixed Material Khāvarānʹnāmah خاوراننامه

About this Item


  • Khāvarānʹnāmah

Other Title

  • خاوراننامه


  • Long poem on the Caliph ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib.


  • Ibn Ḥusām, Muḥammad, -1470

Created / Published

  • [17th century]


  • -  ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib,--Caliph,--approximately 600-661--Poetry
  • -  Manuscripts, Persian--Washington (D.C.)
  • -  Iran
  • -  India


  • -  Manuscript.
  • -  Persian.
  • -  [Source of title]
  • -  [Statement of responsibility]
  • -  Written in Iran or India.
  • -  Paper; fine quality, cream-colored, thin, and polished; script is in black or red ink and is arranged on each page in quite an elaborate gold-framed 'grid'; two columns to each page, separated and framed in gold-ruled borders, and the black script is written horizontally within the two columns; around the two columns is a wide gold-ruled frame in which black script is written diagonally toward the edges, radiating outward from the texts in the central two columns; small gold-framed triangles, usually blank, are set into the central outside edges of each page where the pages would be turned and similar gold triangles are placed on the inside edges of the margins, top and bottom, near the gutters; the pages were laid out in these grids before the scribe had written any text, the writing radiates outward in special patterns; missing the first of opening carpet page, the one page that does remain appears Indian and may have been added later; text block is weak at the spine; many pages are stained or darkened, especially at the top edges and at the back.
  • -  Nastaʻliq.
  • -  [Collation]
  • -  Library of Congress. Persian manuscript, M152.
  • -  Rebound in Indian dark brown leather covers and spine embossed with mandorla-shaped medallions front and back and smaller embossed medallions in floral motifs above and below central medallions which are not gilded; the spine has simple raised bands along its length; front cover has cream-colored label pasted on it with upside down '83' written in black ink; Inside covers and end papers are painted on cream-colored paper with unusual Baroque coffered-ceiling-type images having a central floral motif in red and black flowers set into a diamond-shaped blue background.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress website.


  • leaves, paper : bound ; 23.5 x 14.7 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PK6470.I34 K43 1600z

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2017498324

Online Format

  • pdf
  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

The contents of the Library of Congress Persian Language Manuscript Project are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions and are free to use and reuse.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, African and Middle East Division, Near East Section Persian Manuscript Collection

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Ibn Ḥusām, Muḥammad, -1470. Khāvarānʹnāmah. [17th Century] Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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