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Name of Object:

Khamsa of Amir Khusraw


Dublin, Ireland

Holding Museum:

The Chester Beatty Library

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Date of Object:

Hegira 890 / AD 1485

Museum Inventory Number:

CBL Per 163

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Coloured pigments and gold on paper


25 x 16.5 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Afghanistan, Herat


The thirteen illustrations in this fine copy of the Khamsa (‘Five Poems’) of Amir Khusraw Dihlavi are often attributed to the greatest of Persian artists, Bihzad. However, although they are very ‘Bihzadian’ in style, none are signed. The manuscript is also extensively illuminated and is bound in an exquisite gilt, pressure-moulded and filigree binding. The text was copied by Muhammad, son of Azhar, one of the greatest calligraphers of the Timurid court.

Citation of this web page:

 "Khamsa of Amir Khusraw" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;23;en

MWNF Working Number: IR 23


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


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MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Manuscripts


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