Folio from a Mu'nis al-ahrar fi daqa'iq al-ash'ar (The Free Man's Companion to the Subtleties of Poems) of Jajarmi

Author: Muhammad ibn Badr al-Din Jajarmi (active 1340s)

Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript

Date: dated A.H. 741/A.D. 1341

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Isfahan

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (16.8 x 23.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956

Accession Number: 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-ash’ar (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."