Mathnawi-i Ma‘nawi

This fine small manuscript contains the Mathnawi-i Ma‘nawi (Spiritual Couplets), a lengthy compendium of anecdotes, stories, and ethical teachings infused with mystical inspiration that was composed in the 13th century by world-renowned poet and Sufi master Jalal al-Din Rumi.

In addition to its fine illumination and calligraphy, the codex is especially notable for its binding, contemporaneous with the manuscript and retaining the typical flap ending employed in Islamic manuscripts to protect the text-block. Made of leather covering cardboard, its surface is decorated with stamped motifs and a splendid gilt and lacquered composition featuring a dragon chasing a phoenix in a verdant forest.

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