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

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 from an anthology of Persian poetry illustrates a poem about the moon entering the houses of the twelve zodiac signs. In the three scenes illustrated here, the moon is shown visiting the Sagittarius, depicted as an archer who shoots an arrow against his own dragonlike tail, Capricorn, and finally the planet Saturn (the water carrier, or Aquarius) lifting a bucket from a well.