Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 132 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Collection of poetical Divans including poems by Muʻizzī, As̲īr al-Dīn Ākhsīkatī, Adīb Sābir, Qamar, Shams Ṭabasī and Nāṣir Khusraw

Contents

6 works by 7 authors on the subject of Persian poetry 747-1500

1. ff. 1-18

Contains only a select number of Muʻizzī's poems, chiefly qaṣīdas, with a few qiṭʻas and rubāʻīs at the end

A short biographical notice at the top of f. 1v

Language(s): Persian

Sultan Sanjar, attended by the poet Mu'izzi and four courtiers of Mongol appearance, viewing the moon over a rocky hill. Damaged and repaired. 9.5 × 25 cm. .

The poet under a looped-up curtain reading his works to an attentive Mongol prince attended by five courtiers. 8.5 × 17 cm. .

Poet, with another Persian behind him, reading from a scroll to a Mongol prince under a looped-up curtain. Four courtiers in attendance. 8.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 5v. 8.5 × 18 cm. .

Similar subject to 5v except that the second Persian appears to be expostulating with one of the courtiers, and another of the latter carries a mace. 8.5 × 18 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v. The miniature is stepped up for the middle two of its four-column width and this space is occupied by a looped-up curtain. The prince carries a mace. 9.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Very similar to the preceding, except that the prince carries no mace. 11 × 18 cm. .

Poet, attended by three others also in turbans, reading to a turbaned dignitary with two attendants in Mongol caps - looped-up curtain as usual. 19 × 18 cm. .

A poet presenting a poem to a couple of Mongol princes. Behind him two pairs of men, one of whom wears a turban, are in animated discussion. 9.5 × 18 cm. .

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 913.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 4-10.
2. ff. 19-47

Lyrical poems by As̲īr al-Dīn of Akhsikat (Ahsiket)

Language(s): Persian

A discussion between six turbaned poets, one of whom holds an open book. The white paint of the turbans has oxidized in places. 17.5 .

Same subject and figures as 3v. 7.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v. 8.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v. 8.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v. 8.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v. 8.5 × 18 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v (one of the courtiers is pulling another's beard) 8.5 × 18 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 14v, but all the figures are wearing turbans. 10 × 17 cm. .

Poet, with two other turbaned Persians behind him reading from a scroll to a Mongol prince attended by three courties, one of whom is behind the Persians. 10 × 18 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v except that the prince wears a turban. 18 .

The poet (face blackened) embracing a youth: behind them, a cat and a bowl on a bracket: brickwork (oxidized) on either side. 8.5 × 17.5 cm. .

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1029.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 4-10.
3. ff. 48-75

Lyrical poems of Adīb Sābir, who was the the panegyrist of Sanjar, Sultan of the Seljuks, 1084 or 6-1157

This diwan contains qaṣīdas. qiṭʻas, and rubāʻīs

This work is dated end of Muḥarram, 714

Language(s): Persian

Same subject and figures as 3v. 8.5 × 16.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 7.5 × 16.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 17.5 .

Same subject and figures as 3v. 17.5 .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 8.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 9.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 16.5 .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 8.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 7.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v. 16.5 .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 7.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 7.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 9.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 7.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 10 × 16.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v. 8.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 9.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 7.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 17.5 .

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 911.
4. ff. 76-87

Lyrical poems by Qamar, who was a panegyrist of the governors and qāz̤īs of Iṣfahān (Iran)

Language(s): Persian

Discussion between six poets in turbans, one holding an open book, and a young man in a Mongol hat. 7.5 × 26 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v, but only four courtiers. Slightly smudged. 10 × 16.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 10 × 16.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 78r. 10 × 16.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 10 × 16.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 3v. 11.5 × 16.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 39v. 16.5 .

Same subject and figures as 35r, but one courtier is between the poet and the two Persians. 10 × 16.5 cm. .

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1028.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 4-10.
5. ff. 88-96

Lyrical poems, chiefly qaṣīdas, by Shams Ṭabasī

Language(s): Persian

Turbaned poet, perhaps intended for Qazi Shams al-Din Tabasi, presenting a scroll to a turbaned prince attended by five courtiers in Mongol hats. Long hair has been added to the two on the right. 17.5 .

Same subjects and figures as the preceding but with looped-up curtain in the middle. 11 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 89v. 10 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 89v, but the prince wears a Mongol crown. 9.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 91v. 9.5 × 17.5 cm. .

Same subject and figures as 89v, but the prince is clean shaven. 9.5 × 17.5 cm. .

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1030.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 4-10.
6. ff. 97-112

This work is dated Dhu'l-Qa'dah, 714

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 903.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 4-10.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 112ff
Dimensions (leaf): 40 × 27.9 cm.

Condition

The manuscript is unfortunately greatly damaged in many places and particularly towards the end

Layout

Hand(s)

Written in a very peculiar and striking style of naskh

ʻAbd al-Muʼmin al-ʻAlavī al-Kāshī, عبد المنعم العلوى الکاشی

Decoration

Illuminated frontispiece on f. 1v, f. 19v, f. 48v, f. 76r, f. 88v, f. 97v

Vignette on f. 1r, f. 19r, f. 48r, f. 76v, f. 88r, f. 97r

16 miniature paintings of a rather funny character throughout

Seal(s):

Seals of Ismāʻīl I, Shah of Iran, 1487-1524, اسماعيل، شاه ايران

History

Origin: Iran; 713-14 AH

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on H. Ethé: Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the Library of the India Office. Oxford, 1903-1937.

Availability

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Funding of Cataloguing

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