Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusraw Dihlavi; The priest brings a marriage document (kalim) to Khusraw

Historical period(s)
Delhi Sultanate period, 1450-1500
Pre-Mughal School
Ink and color on paper
H x W: 34.2 x 25.8 cm (13 7/16 x 10 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Manuscript folio

Delhi Sultanate (1206 - 1526), India, Khamsa, nasta'liq script, priest
Provenance research underway.

Poets and painters associated with the Sultanate courts of India created an artistic culture that integrated Persian, Islamic and local elements. The author of the Khamsa (Quintet), the great poet, musician and mystic Amir Khusrau (ca. 1253-1325), composed poetry in both Persian and Hindi. Two centuries later, painters at another Sultanate court depicted the Khamsa stories in a style that combined the rounded silhouettes and three-quarter profile faces of near Eastern painting with the strong color of local Indian painting. The prince's throne and bolster is also an Indian type.

This page comes from the romance of Shirin and Khusrau. In this scene, a priest brings a document of marriage to Khusrau.

Published References
  • Eloise Brac de la Perriere. Les manuscrits a peintures dans l'Inde des sultanats: l'exemple de la Khamse dispersee d'Amir Khosrow Dehlavi, c. 1450. vol. 56. p. 29, fig. 13.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. Exh. cat. Washington, 1981. p. 46, fig. 7.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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