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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.96.b
The text of this manuscript was adapted, edited, and revised by Ziya al-Din Nakhshabi in 1329–30 from an earlier compilation called Gems of Nocturnal Conversations, written as a gift for the Sultan of Delhi. Turkic by ethnicity, but Persian-speaking, Nakhshabi settled in India. He was a religious cleric from Central Asia belonging to the mystical Sufi order of Islam. He rewrote and revised the earlier work, renamed it the Tuti-nama, and made the language more elegant and proper than the previous version.
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