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Prince Baysunghur's Gulistan
The Chester Beatty Library
Hegira 830 / AD 1427
CBL Per 119
Coloured pigments and gold on paper
24.8 x 15.4 cm
Composed in the thirteenth century by the poet Sa‘di, the Gulistan (‘Rose Garden’) is a series of anecdotes that focus on social and ethical issues. The manuscript was produced for the Timurid prince Baysunghur, and the calligraphy is the work of the calligrapher Ja‘far, who was the head of Baysunghur’s atelier. In about AD 1430, Ja‘far wrote a report recounting the activities of the artists and craftsmen employed in the prince’s workshop. This copy of the Gulistan, which is thought to be one of the manuscripts mentioned in the report, is an exquisite example of the beautifully illustrated and illuminated manuscripts produced under the careful guidance of Baysunghur, who was himself a fine calligrapher.
"Prince Baysunghur's Gulistan" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;21;en
MWNF Working Number: IR 21