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Anthology of Persian Poetry
The Chester Beatty Library
Hegira 853 / AD 1449
CBL Per 127
Coloured pigments and gold on paper
21.2 x 7.7 cm
Manuscripts of this particular format are known by the term safina, a Persian word meaning ‘boat’ and an apparent reference to their long and narrow, boat-like shape. Safinas were presumably designed to be carried in the pocket, and most are anthologies of verse, as is this one. Safinas were especially popular in fifteenth-century Iran, during the reign of the Timurid dynasty. The three paintings included here illustrate Firdausi’s Shahnama (‘Book of Kings’) and Nizami’s Layla and Majnun. The margins of most pages of the manuscript are decorated with stencilled patterns.
"Anthology of Persian Poetry" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;22;en
MWNF Working Number: IR 22