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: A.H. 741/A.D. 1340–41

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Isfahan

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: Page: 7 1/2 x 5 in. (19.1 x 12.7 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1919

Accession Number: 19.68.1


This page from an anthology of Persian poetry illustrates a poem about the moon as it enters the houses of all twelve zodiac signs. In the three scenes here, the moon is shown visiting Gemini, depicted as two youths with joined, reptilelike tails, then in the house of Cancer, a large, scaly crab, and finally seated next to the lion of Leo.