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Name of Object:

Divan of Hidayat


Dublin, Ireland

Holding Museum:

The Chester Beatty Library

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Date of Object:

Hegira c. 883 / AD 1478

Museum Inventory Number:

CBL T 401

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Coloured pigments and gold on paper


17.3 x 12.3 cm

Period / Dynasty:





As indicated by the inscription included in its double-page frontispiece (only the left half of which is shown here), this splendid little manuscript was produced for the library of the Aq Qoyunlu Turcoman ruler, Sultan Khalil, who reigned briefly in 1478, from Tabriz in Western Iran. Considering its fine calligraphy and miniatures, extensive illumination and magnificent binding, this small but highly precious book of poems must surely rank amongst the finest Islamic manuscripts ever produced. Nothing is known of the poet, though he may be the Amir Hidayat who was in the employ of the sultan. The text is in Chagatay Turkish.

Citation of this web page:

 "Divan of Hidayat" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;31;en

MWNF Working Number: IR 31


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