This exhibition highlights the Jami’ al-Tawarikh (“World History” or “Compendium of Chronicles”) of Rashid al-Din, one of the masterpieces of. Khalili Collections | Islamic Art | This copy of the Jami’ al-Tawarikh is without doubt one of the greatest illustrated medieval manuscripts. During the reign of Uljaitu (–17), this text was expanded into the Jami’ al- tavarikh, or Compendium of Chronicles. The text initially comprised three volumes.

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MSSfolio 25a. MSSfolio 11a, with the seal of Shahrukh. MSSfolio 28b.

The earliest known copy is in Arabic, dated to the early s. The manuscript must have belonged to the Timurid ruler Shahrukh, for his seal appears on folio 11a of the Khalili manuscript.

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Folio 28b b of the reconstructed manuscript The nobles of Kashmir enthrone a faqir as King Yashaskara r — December 15, Last Updated: The subjects cho-sen to illustrate the text are partly for pedagogical purposes and partly reflect current interests at the Il-khanid court Blair,esp.

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Yet he was not merely a great administrator: Folio 25a a of the reconstructed manuscript Battle of the Pandavas and the Kauravas a scene from the Indian epic, the Mahabharata Later, Rashid’s son became Vizier, in his own right, and expanded the restored university precinct of his father. According to Blair’s description of the collection, “Two major sections were lost after division: Borrowings from Christian art can also be seen; for example the Birth of Muhammad adapts the standard Byzantine composition for the Nativity of Jesusbut instead of the Biblical Magi approaching at the left there is a file of three women.


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There is then a record of it passing through the hands of later Mughal emperors for the next few centuries. This artist seems to be very familiar with China.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jami al-Tawarikh. Unfortunately, it has not survived in any known manuscript.

Folio 14a a of the reconstructed manuscript Two emperors of the Qi and Liang dynasties. The use of silver now oxidised for the modelling of faces tawarimh their features is likewise very un-Chinese. At some point during the next two decades it was brought to England, probably when Harriott came home on furlough, when the manuscript entered the collection of Major General Thomas Gordon. The grandfather of the prophet Abd al-Muttalib on the right takes the place of Joseph.

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One taawrikh thus distinguish a remarkably well observed group of AbyssiniansWestern-style figures based on Syrian Christian manuscripts, Chinese, Mongols, Arabs, and so on. Folio 12a a of the reconstructed manuscript Three emperors of the Eastern Han dynasty. The official position taken by the Wikimedia Foundation is that ” faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain “. Masterpieces from the Khalili CollectionLondoncat.


Although most scholarly attention has focused on volume one, which is a fundamental source for the history of the rise and establishment of the Mongol Empire, from a historiographical point of view, the second volume is far more tawarihk as the first attempt to write a universal history: Nonetheless, the tawaikh “is characterized by a matter-of-fact tone and a refreshing absence of sycophantic flattery.

Public domain Public domain false false. Many of the illustrations show a strong influence of Chinese painting see Blair,with full bibliography; Hillenbrand, pp.

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TAGS ilkhanids Jami-al-tawarikh world history. Rashid al-Din’s illustrated history of the world. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Folio 16b b of the reconstructed manuscript Nine emperors of the Tang dynasty.