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Manuscript/Mixed Material The seductivness of the world

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  • The seductivness of the world

Created / Published

  • 16th century


  • -  Calligraphy, Arabic
  • -  Calligraphy, Persian
  • -  Manuscripts, Persian--Washington (D.C.)
  • -  Uzbekistan
  • -  Tajikistan
  • -  Arabic script calligraphy
  • -  Illuminated Islamic manuscripts
  • -  Islamic calligraphy
  • -  Islamic manuscripts
  • -  Nasta'liq


  • -  Three iambic pentameter quatrains, or ruba'is, in Persian from the 16th Cent. Shaybanid era in Central Asia, written in black nasta'liq script.
  • -  Although the year of execution unfortunately is omitted, albums of calligraphies and paintings using pounced decorative papers bearing inscribed medallions and registers are typical of Shaybanid works produced in modern-day Uzbekistan over the course of the 16th century.
  • -  Dimensions of Written Surface: 14.1 (w) x 24.5 (h) cm
  • -  Everyone whose heart is seduced by the world / Avoid (him) because of the pride of his ignorance / Grab the hem of that (person) who, because of his greatness, / Has left behind the world and its dwellers.
  • -  Har ka dil bar 'ishva-yi giti nihad / Bar hazar bash az ghurur-i jahl-i u / Daman-i an gir kaz himmat fashand / Astin bar dunya u bar ahl-i u
  • -  The three quatrains are separated by illuminated panels and thumb pieces, and divided horizontally by further verses in Persian. The whole of the text panel is provided by frames of various colors and pasted to a larger sheet of paper decorated by pounced motifs in blue and green. A number of standing figures, as well as a seated angel with red and yellow wings, further decorate the paper. Between each figure, a register includes a number of Persian verses written in red ink. The register in the left border, however, includes an inscription in yellow ink which bears a fragmentary date reading: fi shuhur ithna (in the month of the second...).
  • -  This calligraphic panel includes three iambic pentameter quatrains, or ruba'is, on beige or blue papers cut out and pasted onto a sheet from an album (muraqqa') of calligraphies. The quatrain in the upper left panel, executed in black nasta'liq script on a cream-colored sheet decorated with vine motifs painted in gold, reads:
  • -  Script: nasta'liq
  • -  1-2000-154


  • 1 volume ; 27.5 (w) x 40.7 (h) cm


  • Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

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  • 2019714576

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

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