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Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (d.1273 AD), the six books of the Mathnawi, Persia, Safavid, dated 1008 AH/1599-1600 AD
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Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (d.1273 AD), the six books of the Mathnawi, Persia, Safavid, dated 1008 AH/1599-1600 AD
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Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (d.1273 AD), the six books of the Mathnawi, Persia, Safavid, dated 1008 AH/1599-1600 AD
Persian manuscript on paper, 327 plus 2 fly-leaves, 21 lines to the page, text arranged in 4 columns, written in fine nasta’liq in black, ruled in green, orange, gold, red and blue, headings in red, f.1b and 2a with two paintings framed by gold and polychrome interlacing split-palmettes, followed by an opening bifolio with polychrome and gold illuminated heading and the text within clouds against a gold ground, 5 further bifolia with illuminated headings marking the start of each book, in brown stamped binding, the inside with polychrome filigree
28 by 16.4cm.
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Catalogue Note

The paintings in the opening bifolium seem to depict gatherings of sufis before Jalal al-Muhammad Rumi and devotees approaching him. The texts in the cartouches are in Arabic in praise of Rumi’s Mathnawi, describing it as ‘The parable of his light is as if there were a niche and within it a lamp’, which is a quote from the Qur’an, surah XXIV (al-Nur), part of verse 35.

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