Or 15876 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)
Quatrains traditionally attributed to ‘Umar Khayyām (d. 517/1123).The verses are punctuated on f. 5v by an anecdote about the renowned Sufi Bayazīd Basṭāmī and a man who claimed to have the cure for every ill.
Confessional prayers in rhyming prose in Arabic, implausibly attributed to the first Caliph, Abū Bakr al-Ṣiddīq (d. 13/634).
Four proverbial ‘wondrous exceptions’, attributed to one Ākhūnd Mullā Mu‘īn.
Poems, unattributed, mainly concerned with mystical love. Many of the poems have the heading chārbayt (poem in four hemistiches) or rubā‘ī (quatrain); on 8v is a longer poem in Arabic, replete with assonance and alliteration, headed Qaṣīda Ṭanzanī (?).
Good nasta‘līq; Arabic passages in naskhī.
Multiple text frames: black, gold, yellow, red, green and black. Gold and polychrome floral motifs and designs of Central Asian type on most folios. Illuminated text openings on f. 1v-2r and 11v-12r. Illuminated poetical dā’ira, f. 9v.
Original brown leather binding in Chinese style, with large roundels at the centre, both back and front, containing an ornate Basmalah in relief, in Ṣīnī script; other distinctive ornamental motifs in the corners and on the flap.
Provenance and Acquisition
Purchased at Bomhams sale 24 April 2002, Lot 148.
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