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Panj Ganj (‘Five Treasures’) of Jami
The Chester Beatty Library
Text: Hegira early 10th century / AD early 16th century; painting and illumination: Hegira c. 1011–12 / AD 1603
CBL In 20
Coloured pigments and gold on paper
32.4 x 20.7 cm
Timurid and Mughal
The Panj Ganj (‘Five Treasures’) is a collection of five poems written by the Persian poet ‘Abd al-Rahman Jami‘ (d. AD 1492). The manuscript was produced in Iran but was not finished until it ended up in India, in the possession of ‘Abd al-Rahim, commander-in-chief of the Mughal army for both Akbar and Jahangir. The specific manner in which the text has been laid out results in three small triangular spaces on each page. ‘Abd al-Rahim’s artists completed the decoration of the manuscript by filling these spaces with decoration, usually figures of animals and birds (several examples from various folios are included here). They also added new, boldly decorated margins to each folio and added a painting on the final, colophon page of the manuscript.
"Panj Ganj (‘Five Treasures’) of Jami" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;50;en
MWNF Working Number: IR 50