[RAS Persian 251] Bustan of Sa’di

The Bustan of Sa’di, richly illuminated by Sultan Mohammed Nur. A manuscript of high quality. Ruled margins covering join of text and paper of margins. Headings in gold on panels filled with illuminated scrolls. Elaborately illuminated initial opening. Broad margins of paper of a variety of colours splashed with gold. Two miniatures in Bukhara style. See B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society, pp. 53-5.

Bukhara, probably ca. 1530 CE. Nasta’liq. 149 folios. 14 lines to the page. Size 12 by 7.5 ins. Elaborate red leather Indian binding with stamped decoration and central panels of green velvet. The interiors of the covers also have stamped and painted decoration.

Presented to the Royal Asiatic Society by Lieut. Colonel Doyle 15th March 1834.
Digitization sponsored by Dr Barbara Brend, 2022.