Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 281
Origin: Lacks dated colophon ; hand, paper, etc. may suggest 16th century. Date in seal impression provides an approximate terminus ante quem of 1107 [1695 or 1696] depending on the elapsed time between the making of the seal and its impression in the ms.
Binding: Pasteboards covered in painted lacquerwork ; Type II binding (with flap) ; spine and fore edge flap in dark brown leather ; doublures and interior of envelope flap in red brown (dark red) leather with recessed inlays of paper in lapis lazuli, light blue, yellow, and green with filigree in brown and black leather ; upper and lower covers bear painted lacquerwork design in gold, green, red, black, and dark red of nearly identical composition ; design consists of scalloped central mandorla (reminiscent of Déroche class. OSd 8), pendants, and corner pieces with border consisting of a series of lozenges ; all are filled with an elaborate swirling floral vegetal design ; upper and lower doublures bear central scalloped mandorla, pendants and corner pieces in leather filigree (black and brown) and recessed paper inlays (lapis lazuli, green, light blue, and yellow) surrounded by simple gold-painted border accents ; interior of envelope flap continues design of doublures ; sewn in white and blue green threads (intertwined), two stations ; worked endbands in blue green, white and pink (traces) ; in poor condition with extensive abrasion to covers resulting in loss of lacquer and paint ; spine leather lifting and detaching from text block, upper cover detacing ; some pest damage ; boards delaminating ; endbands nearly gone ; paper label pasted to upper cover (no writing) ; currently housed in envelope.
Support: non-European laid paper (untinted but gold-flecked) set in tinted leaves of non-European (likely Persian) laid paper, mainly alternating shades of blue (often toward green) and yellow, occasionally pink ; laid lines of set-in written area running horizontally spaced roughly 7 laid lines per cm. ; laid lines of tinted leaves running vertically spaced roughly 8-10 laid lines per cm. with curving and sagging ; chain lines difficult to view but may be sporadic short lengths ; a few inclusions ; well-burnished and smooth ; flyleaves of several paper types - European laid paper, non-European (likely Persian) laid paper (decorative silhouette paper), and Persian or Indian laid paper of no earlier than late 18th century.
Decoration: Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) on fol.1a consisting of rectangular piece surmounted by triangular or hasp piece ; rectangular piece carries lobed central lozenge in gold, with flanking pieces in gold and red all on a field of lapis lazuli with floral vegetal pattern in black, red, yellow, white, and lavender ; bordered in bands of white, blue, and gold (with swirling pattern) ; surmounted by triangular piece or hasp in gold and lapis lazuli with same floral vegetal pattern ; surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) ; a band of black with same floral vegetal pattern and flanking bands of red and gold separates the two pieces ; simple illuminated headpieces throughout and at close consisting of rectangular piece with central gold cartouche (empty) flanked by almond-shaped pieces in black or red on fields of lapis lazuli with swirling vegetal motif bordered in bands of gold and red ; "tailpiece" accompanied by flanking rectangular pieces with swirling floral vegetal pattern in black, red, yellow, white and lavender on fields of gold, bordered in blue ; written area surrounded by a frame consisting of a series of bands varying in color according to tint of surrounding leaf ; for lighter colored leaves the frame is in green, gold, black and blue and for darker colored leaves the frame is in blue, gold, black and red ; simple gold bands outlined by black fillets frame columns within written area.
Script: Nastaʻlīq ; sans serif ; characteristic descent of words to baseline along with superscript of final words and letters at end of many lines ; characteristic letterforms ; contrast in thickness of horizontal and vertical strokes ; horizontal strokes often elongated.
Layout: Written in 11 lines per page ; single column divided to two columns to set off poetry ; frame-ruled.
Collation: iii, 4 III (24), II (28), IV (36), I (38), ii ; chiefly ternions ; catchwords present.
Explicit: "من وفایی ندیده ام ز خسان گر تو بینی سلام من برسان ... چون مصفا شوی زرزق وزفن مرد گر دی اگر چه هستی زن"
Incipit: "ای درون پرور برون آرای ای خرد بخش [بیخرد] بخشای"
Title from inscriptions on front flyleaf and fol.1a.
Exquisite manuscript containing what appears to be excerpts from the mystical mathawī (mas̲navī) of Sanāʼī, Ḥadīqat al-ḥaqīqah wa-sharīʻat al-ṭarīqah.