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Name of Object:

Prince Baysunghur's Gulistan


Dublin, Ireland

Holding Museum:

The Chester Beatty Library

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Date of Object:

Hegira 830 / AD 1427

Museum Inventory Number:

CBL Per 119

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Coloured pigments and gold on paper


24.8 x 15.4 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Afghanistan, Herat


Composed in the thirteenth century by the poet Sa‘di, the Gulistan (‘Rose Garden’) is a series of anecdotes that focus on social and ethical issues. The manuscript was produced for the Timurid prince Baysunghur, and the calligraphy is the work of the calligrapher Ja‘far, who was the head of Baysunghur’s atelier. In about AD 1430, Ja‘far wrote a report recounting the activities of the artists and craftsmen employed in the prince’s workshop. This copy of the Gulistan, which is thought to be one of the manuscripts mentioned in the report, is an exquisite example of the beautifully illustrated and illuminated manuscripts produced under the careful guidance of Baysunghur, who was himself a fine calligrapher.

Citation of this web page:

 "Prince Baysunghur's Gulistan" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;21;en

MWNF Working Number: IR 21


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