Copied by author and compiler Muhammad ibn Badr al-Din Jajarmi
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 Munis al-ahrar fi daqaiq 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."