Perspectives on Persian Painting: Illustrations to Amīr Khusrau's Khamsah
This is a detailed study of the illustrations to Amir Khusrau's Khamsah, in which twenty discourses are followed by a brief parable, and four romances. Amir Khusrau (1253-1325) lived the greater part of adventurous life in Delhi; he composed in Persian, and also in Hindi. From the point of view of manuscript illustration, his most important work is his Khamsah (Quintet'). Khusrau's position as a link between cultures of Persia and India means that the early illustrated copies of the Khamsah have a particular interest. The first extant exemplar is from the Persian area in the late 14th century, but a case can be made that work was probably illustrated earlier in India.
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The Khamsah in summary
Manuscripts of western Iran prior to the death of Shah Rukh 37
Manuscripts in Turkman styles
Ottoman manuscripts under BayezTd II
Classical and subclassical styles of Herat
Mughal manuscripts to the period of JahangTr
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