Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or. 6810 (St. Pancras, British Library)

>Oriental Manuscripts

Khamsah ( خمسه ) of Niẓāmī Ganjavī, 1140 or 41-1202 or 3, نظامى گنجوى

Contents

5 works by 2 authors on the subjects of Persian poetry and Masnavis

1. f 3v-29r
Language(s): Persian

The Prophet (not veiled) mounted on Burāḳ and escorted by angels passing overt the Ka'bah.

Sulṭān Sanjar and the old woman.

Hārūn al-Rashīd and the barber.

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 66.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 141.
2. f 30v-97v
Language(s): Persian

The elders pleading before Hurmuzd on behalf of the young Khusrau.

Shīrīn being shown the portrait of Khusrau by one of her handmaidens.

Farhād arriving at Shīrīn's palace. (Inscription: Written for the library of the Great Amīr, the most just, the most courageous 'Alī Fārsī Barlās, may God strenghten his fortune until the day of resurrection).

The suicide of Farhād on Mt. Bisitun.

Shīrūy murdering Khusrau in bed. (Inscription round the building and door are of a Persian quatrain).

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 66.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 141.
3. f 98v-146v
Language(s): Persian

Lailā and Majnūn at school. (Inscription over the doorway and below the dome are of Ḳuranic texts).

Majnūn visited by Salīm in the desert.

Mourning the death of Lailā's husband, Ibn Salām.

Lailā and Majnūn fainting.

The death of Majnūn on Lailā's grave.

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 66.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 141.
4. f 147v-198v
Language(s): Persian

The building of the palace of Khavarnaḳ for Na'mān who was the guardian of the young Bahrām Gūr.

Bahrām Gūr killing the dragon.

Bishr feeling for the body of his drowned companion Malīkhā with a branch. (Story told by a Tartar Princess).

The owner of the garden discovering maidens bathing in his pool. (Story told by the Greek Princess).

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 66.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 141.
5. f 199v-234v
f. 235v-303r

This work is divided in two parts

Language(s): Persian

Iskandar (in the likeness of Ḥusain Bāiḳarā) with the seven sages. (Inscription: Year 900).

Iskandar on the island near the "Lion's Mouth" whirlpool beating the wolfskin drum of the bronze talisman in order to still the waters. (One of the figures in the boat is shown in the likeness of Ḥusain Bāiḳarā).

Iskandar (in the likeness of Ḥusain Bāiḳarā) visiting the wise man in a cave.

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 66.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 141.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 203 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 24.3 × 17 cm.

Decoration

21 miniatures

5 illuminations

The manuscript being presented to Sulṭān Mirzā Barlās, ruler of Samarkand.

History

Origin: Herat; 900 AH

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on G. M. Meredith-Owens: Handlist of Persian manuscripts 1895-1966. London, 1968, with additional enhancements.

Availability

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