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Mūsā Nāma (The Book of Moses) by Mulana Shāhīn Shirazi
Tabriz, Persia
Scribe: Nehemiah ben Amshal of Tabriz
Handwritten on paper; black ink, tempera, and gold powder; square and semi-cursive Oriental script
H: 28; L: 15.5 cm
Purchased through the gift of F.M. Mayer, New York, and the Heinrich Feuchtwanger Fund, in memory of Dr. H. Feuchtwanger
Accession number: B66.07.1185 ; 180/054
Mūsā Nāma is a poetic compilation of the biblical books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, written in Judaeo-Persian in 1327 by Mulana Shāhīn Shirazi, the most prominent Jewish poet of medieval Persia. Melding Jewish, Muslim, and Persian legends, his text presents the main episodes in the life of Moses. Some of the nineteen miniatures in this rare copy reflect the influence of Muslim interpretation and visual tradition, such as the veiled depiction of Moses’ face, which recalls representations of Muhammad and Muslim saints

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir