ISSN: 0041-4255
e-ISSN: 2791-6472

Güner İnal

Keywords: Kahire, Hümâyünnâme, Miniature, Kelile ve Dimne


The manuscript of the Humâyünnâme, preserved in the Topkapı Museum (Hazine 359) is a unique manuscript in that it was executed in 1567 in Cairo for Defterdar Mustafa. Pasha by the calligrapher Mehmet b. Muhsin b. Burhan. The 30 miniatures, it contains, present a very refined miniature style rendered by the same hand. The stories depicted show a different type of iconography compared with those found in the other manuscripts of the Humâyünnâme, SuhailI and Kalila va Dimna. Although some of the miniatures depict stories common to the Bute Anvâr-i Suhaili, both stylistically and iconographically they are of different type. The closest parallel to a miniature of the Cairo manuscript is found in the scattered leaves of a Humâyünnâme in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The story of the tortoise travelling with the geese is depicted in both. The setting of the miniatures, the types and postures of the figures and the motifs of architecture look similar in both of the miniatures. It seems that either they copied the same model or they were copied from one another. Since the Boston manuscript is fragmentary containing only five miniatures, its not possible to determine whether the Boston manuscript was also executed in Cairo.