Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add. 6613 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Khamsah of Niẓāmī

Contents

6 works by 2 authors on the subject of Persian poetry

1. 1v-27r ff
Language(s): Persian

The Prophet on Burāḳ guided by Jibrāīl and escorted by angels ascending the heavens. The constellations, signs of the Zodiac and the seven heavens are all depicted.

Anūshīrvān and the owls.

Sulṭān Sanjar and the old woman.

The story of the hunter, the dog and the fox.

Jesus and the dead dog.

The youth who divulged Jamshīd's secrets to an old woman.

Hārūn al-Rashīd and the barber.

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 572.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 136-137.
2. 27v-90r ff
Language(s): Persian

The elders pleading on behalf of Khusrau to Hurmuzd.

Shāpūr watching a boy taking the portrait of Khusrau down from the tree for Shīrīn to look at.

Khusrau and Shīrīn together in bed.

Khusrau watching Shīrīn bathing.

Khusrau and Shīrīn meeting on the hunting ground.

Khusrau killing the lion outside Shīrīn's tent.

Battle between Khusrau and Bahrām Chūbīn.

Bārbad and Nīgīsa entertaining Khusrau and Shīrīn.

Shīrīn visiting Farhād on Mt. Bisitun.

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 572.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 136-137.
3. 90v-138r ff
Language(s): Persian

The Prophet on Burāḳ ascending the heavens preceded by Jibrāīl who is holding out a flower towards a lion on a cloud. An angel (Isrāfil?) blowing a seven-headed trumpet.

Lailā and Majnūn at school.

Majnūn taken to the Ka'bah by his father.

Ibn Salām watching Lailā with her companions in the palmgrove.

The battle of the tribes.

Lailā rejecting Ibn Salām.

Lailā and Majnūn fainting.

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 572.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 136-137.
4. 138v-196r ff
Language(s): Persian

Bahrām Gūr killing the dragon.

Fitneh carrying the ox on her shoulders up steps to Bahrām Gūr.

Bahrām Gūr with the Indian Princess in the Black Pavilion.

Bahrām Gūr with the Moorish Princess in the Yellow Pavilion.

Bahrām Gūr with the Tartar Princess in the Green Pavilion.

Bahrām Gūr with the Russian Princess in the Red Pavilion.

Bahrām Gūr with the Princess of Khvarazm in the Blue Pavilion.

Bahrām Gūr with the Chinese Princess in the Sandalwood Pavilion.

Bahrām Gūr with the Greek Princess in the White Pavilion.

Bahrām Gūr and the shepherd who hanged his dog.

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 572.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 136-137.
5. 196v-264r ff
Language(s): Persian

Iskandar celebrating his victory over the Zangis (Habashis).

Iskandar comforting the dying Dārā.

Iskandar entertained by Nūshābeh.

The Khāḳān of Chīn brought bound before Iskandar.

Iskandar entertained by the Khāḳān of Chīn.

Iskandar's battle with the Russians.

Iskandar and an angel observing Khiẓr and Ilyās putting the dried fish into the Water of Life.

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 572.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 136-137.
6. 264v-300r ff
Language(s): Persian

Hurmus hypnotising the sages who had gathered to defeat him in debate. (Inscription eulogising the patron of the Ms., Abu'l-Ḥasan Mīrzā and also stating that the miniature was completed by Ṭālib in 1077).

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 572.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 136-137.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 300 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 10.75
Dimensions (written):

Decoration

41 Miniatures

5 ‘Unvāns

Gold-ruled border

History

Origin: Rabi’ II 1076 AH

Provenance and Acquisition

This manuscript was written for Tājā Mīrzā Abu al-Ḥasanā تاجا میرزا ابو الحسنا

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Ch. Rieu: Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum. London, 1879-1883

Availability

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