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From the Farhang-i Jahangiri (Persian-language Dictionary) compiled by Mir Jamal al-Din Husayn Inju of Shiraz (Persian, d. 1626)

1607–8

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

<em>Farhang-i Jahāngīrī</em>, one of the most complete and authoritative dictionaries of the Persian language, was compiled by Mir Jamal al-Din Husayn Inju. It took him 12 years to compile over 9,000 words with definitions and examples from verses by Persian poets. He was born in Shiraz, Iran, but lived most of his life in Agra, India, so the dictionary was named honor of the Mughal emperor Jahangir, who reigned from 1605 to 1627.

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  • Title: From the Farhang-i Jahangiri (Persian-language Dictionary) compiled by Mir Jamal al-Din Husayn Inju of Shiraz (Persian, d. 1626)
  • Date Created: 1607–8
  • Physical Dimensions: Page: 33.7 x 21.9 cm (13 1/4 x 8 5/8 in.); Text field: 21.2 x 11 cm (8 3/8 x 4 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (Charles Dikran Kelekian [1910–1992], New York, NY, sold to Ralph Benkaim), Ralph Benkaim [1914-2001] and Catherine Glynn Benkaim [b. 1946], Beverly Hills, CA, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2013.318
  • Medium: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, double-sided: one with blue border (recto) and other with red border (verso)
  • Inscriptions: Recto: “kuyesteh” (misspelling of “kunisteh,” meaning two halves of the buttocks) to “Gur” (name of a people in India); Verso: “Gur” to “Gush” (morning east breeze, zephyr)
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Mughal India, court of Jahangir (1605–1627)
  • Credit Line: Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
  • Collection: Indian Art - Mughal
  • Accession Number: 2013.318

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