Divan [collected poems]

Material Information

Divan [collected poems] (MS 25293)
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Illuminated opening pages : Divan [collected poems]
Nur al-Din 'Abd al-Rahman Jami (1414-1492), poet
الجامي، عبد الرحمن بن أحمد، 817-898 هـ ( contributor )
Jāmī, 1414-1492 ( contributor )
Nūr al-Dīn 'Abd al-Raḥmān Jāmī ( contributor )
Donated by Mr R.S. Greenshields, 1931.
Place of Publication:
Herat, Afghanistan
Watercolour, gold and ink on paper ( medium )
H23.5 x W14.5 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Illumination of books and manuscripts -- Afghanistan -- Herat ( lcsh )
ایشیا -- افغانستان -- ہرات -- ہرات
آسیا -- افغانستان -- هرات -- هرات
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Afghanistan -- Herat -- Herat
34.34817 x 62.19967


This fine manuscript is a copy of the divan of the famous poet and mystic Jāmī (1414-92), who ranks alongside Sa'dī and Ḥāfiẓ as one of the greatest Persian poets. It is dated 941 AH (1534-35 CE) and was most probably produced in Herat, where Jāmī spent much of his life. Its opening pages are sumptuously decorated in ultramarine blue and gold, with elegant scrollwork and floral elements in red, orange, green and black. The arrangement of this decoration, with its particular palette, strongly resembles that of manuscripts produced in Herat, and its quality, together with that of the paper and the beautiful calligraphic nasta'līq script, suggests that it may have been produced for a high-ranking patron such as Bahrām Mirzā, governor of Herat from 1530 to 1534 (Text by Anna Contadini, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of Instruction : Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007, p.100, no.77.
General Note:
From: Nur al-Dīn ‘Abd al-Raḥman Jamī. Divan (collected poems)
General Note:
Dated 941 AH (1534-35 CE)
General Note:
Folios 1v-2r of MS 25293

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 25293 ( soas manuscript number )
c704b520-bfa0-4ade-b7c3-4ffaf06b72f7 ( calm recordid )


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