Collection of Poems by Jāmī


This work dating from the 16th century is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the first collection of poetry (called Dīvān-i avval or Fātihat al-shabāb) by Nūr al-Dīn ‘Abd al-Rahmān Jāmī (1414–92), a great Persian poet, scholar, and mystic, who lived most of his life in Herat, in present-day Afghanistan. According to the colophon (folio 306a), the manuscript was copied by the illustrious Safavid calligrapher Shāh Mahmūd Nīshāpūrī, who died in the mid-1560s. The codex opens with a double-page illustrated frontispiece followed by a double-page illuminated incipit. There are ten additional paintings that appear to be later than the text itself and are in the style of Isfahan in the 17th century. The text block, which has been trimmed, is bound in lacquer boards decorated with hunting scenes and landscape motifs. The binding was also executed in Iran and dates from the late 16th–17th centuries. There are several erased seals and one ownership statement on folio 1a, and a seal impression naming Muhammad Amīn is found on folio 3a.

Last updated: September 30, 2016