First Two Pages of Jalal al-Din Rumi's Masnavi

Unknown Persian, Persian


mid-late 16th century

Watercolor with gold leaf

Sheet: 6 1/4 × 11 1/4 in. (15.9 × 28.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Guernsey Center Moore 1904 Memorial Fund



Place Made: Iran, West Asia, Asia



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


"HEARKEN to the reed-flute, how it complains, Lamenting its banishment from its home: "Ever since the tore me from my osier bed, My plaintive notes have moved men and women to tears. I burst my breast, striving to give vent to sighs, And to express the pangs of my yearning from my home. He who abides far away from his home Is ever longing for the day he shall return. My wailing is heard in every throng, In concert with them that rejoice and them that weep."

Course History

WGST 41.4, Transnational Muslim Feminisms, Zahra. Ayubi, Fall 2014

REL 28.4, Gender in Islam, Candace Mixon, Winter 2019

REL 28.04, MES 19.05, WGSS 43.06, Gender in Islam, Zahra Ayubi, Spring 2020

Religion 28.04, Middle Eastern Studies 19.05, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies 43.06, Gender in Islam, Zahra Ayubi, Summer 2023

Art History 31.01, Arts of South Asia, Seher Agarwala, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

Asian Art from the College Collection, Barrows Print Room and Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 5-31.

Harrington Silver Case, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 1-April 1, 1983.

Loew Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 1, 2004-February 13, 2005.

The Nature of Empire, Barrows Print Room, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 10-August 18, 1984.


Reiza Khan Monif (1850/51-1923), Paris and New York; to his son, Hassan Khan Monif (1888-1964), 640 Madison Avenue, New York; sold to present collection, 1931.

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