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.
Table of Contents
Verses Preface Introduction 1. The Narratives of the Khamsah in summary 2. Western Iran prior to the death of Shah Rukh 3. Sultanate India 4. Turkman styles 5. Ottoman Turkey 6. Herat and sub-Herat styles 7. The Great Mughal Period Conclusion Appendix A: Manuscript Cycles Appendix B: Subject List Bibliography List of Plates Index
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