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W.649, Burning and melting


This is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the poem Sūz va gudāz (Burning and melting) by Nawʿī Khabūshānī (d. 1019 AH / 1610 CE), which recounts the love story of a Hindu girl who burns herself on the funeral pyre of her betrothed. The codex was written in nastaʿlīq in black ink by Ibn Sayyid Murād al-Ḥusaynī and illustrated by Muḥammad ʿAlī Mashhadī in 1068 AH / 1657 CE. According to the colophon, Ibn Sayyid Murād al-Ḥusaynī copied the manuscript for the painter Muḥammad ʿAlī, the “Mani of the time,” as a “souvenir.” The fact that the manuscript was produced for one of the most prolific artists of seventeenth-century Iran makes it a highly significant document. It opens with an illuminated incipit with headpiece (fol. 1b) and closes with an illuminated tailpiece with colophon (fol. 21b). Text pages have interlinear illumination and small rectangular and triangular pieces with polychrome floral and scrolling vine motifs. There are eight miniatures in a style associated with the Safavid centers of artistic production of Mashhad and Isfahan (fols. 5a, 9a, 10b, 13a, 14a, 16a, 17b, and 19b).

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    1. Upper board outside

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    2. Upper board inside

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    3. front flyleaf ia

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    4. Front flyleaf ib

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    5. Front flyleaf iia

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    6. Front flyleaf iib

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    7. fol. 1a

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    8. fol. 1b

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    9. fol. 2a

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    10. fol. 2b

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    11. fol. 3a

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    12. fol. 3b

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    13. fol. 4a

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    14. fol. 4b

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    15. fol. 5a

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    16. fol. 5b

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    17. fol. 6a

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    18. fol. 6b

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    19. fol. 7a

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    20. fol. 7b

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    21. fol. 8a

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    22. fol. 8b

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    23. fol. 9a

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    24. fol. 9b

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    25. fol. 10a

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    27. fol. 11a

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    29. fol. 12a

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    31. fol. 13a

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    37. fol. 16a

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    51. Back flyleaf ia

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    52. Back flyleaf ib

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    53. Lower board inside

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    54. Lower board outside

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    55. Spine

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    56. Fore-edge

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    57. Head

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    58. Tail

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    59. Previous binding upper board outside

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    60. Previous binding upper board inside

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    61. Previous binding lower board inside

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    62. Previous binding lower board outside

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    63. Previous binding spine

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