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  • Page from the Mu’nis al–ahrar fi daqa’iq al–ashcar (The Free Men's Companion to the Subtleties of Poems), A.H. 741/1341 a.d.
    Copied by author and compiler Muhammad ibn Badr al–Din Jajarmi
    Iran (Isfahan)
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 8 x 5 1/2 in. (20.3 x 14 cm)
    Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956 (57.51.25)

    This page is one of the six illustrated folios, forming a chapter, that were part of a larger poetic compilation known as the Mu’nis al-ahrar fi daqa’iq al-ashcar (The Free Men's Companion to the Subtleties of Poems). The page is part of a poem on lunar elections showing images of the moon and the twelve signs of the zodiac. The moon, a crowned woman holding a crescent around her head, sits in front of Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius. The text reads, in part: "When the moon has come to Capricorn, hold entertainments. / Dig qanats and canals, if you are able. / Buy slaves and animals, if you have the money. / Toil to acquire learning; do not behave ignorantly."

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  • Page from the Mu’nis al-ahrar fi daqa’iq al-ashcar (The Free Men's Companion to the Subtleties of Poems), A.H. 741/1341 A.D.
    Copied by author and compiler Muhammad ibn Badr al-Din Jajarmi
    Iran (Isfahan)
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 8 x 5 1/2 in. (20.3 x 14 cm)
    Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956 (57.51.25)

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