Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3872 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Divan of Shahi


1 copy of Dīvān by Amīr Shāhī Sabzavārī

Title: Dīvān
Title: ديوان

Highly refined de luxe manuscript, consisting of a limited collection of ghazals, rubāʿīs, and smaller compositions

Illuminated with ʿunvān, ornamental panels separating poems, rulings, and large gold flecking or zar afshānī in borders and flyleaves, and a fine spray on paper in text areas; panel of a stylised scene of animals around a tree in gold, after colophon (f. 37r); calligraphic nastaʿlīq-i khafī

Colophon (f. 37r) date: avākhir of Rabīʿ II 912 (1506)

Scribe: ʿAlī al-Kātib

Ownership seals and inscriptions, several obliterated

Loose red velvet cover over binding

Text block detatched from binding

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 38 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 232 × 156 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Avākhir Rabīʿ II 912 AH; 1506 CE ; Anatolia or Iran

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/18_f054r


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