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The Emperor Akbar's Khamsah of Nizami

The British Library manuscripts in colour series

By (author) Barbara Brend
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jun 1995
Dimensions: w 219mm h 276mm d 7mm
Weight: 358g
ISBN-10: 0712303928
ISBN-13: 9780712303927
Barcode No: 9780712303927
The Emperor Akbar's "Khamsah" ("quintet") is a collection of five books of stories, on romantic and heroic themes, composed by the Persian poet Nizami in the late 12th century. Akbar's richly illustrated copy of this work was made in 1595, probably at Lahore where his court was resident at the time, and is now one of the greatest treasures of Indian book painting in the British Library's collection. In this illustrated study of the manuscript, Barbara Brend provides an authoritative introduction to its artistic and historical backgound and brings to life some of the stories which it contains.

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