This collection of Oriental manuscripts was presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in March, 1913, by Mr. Alexander Smith Cochran. All of the codices, handsomely illuminated and adorned with beautiful miniatures, will be of interest to students of art, literature, and history.
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A Catalogue of the Collection of Persian Manuscripts including some Turkish and Arabic Presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Alexander Smith Cochran
This collection of Oriental manuscripts - twenty of them Persian, two Eastern Turkish, and two Arabic - was presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in March, 1913, by Mr. Alexander Smith Cochran, of Yonkers, New York. All of the codices are handsomely illuminated and adorned with beautiful miniatures, the entire collection containing much that is of interest to students of art, literature, and history. A number of the manuscripts are in certain respects, unique.
Mr. Cochran's interest in Persia was first aroused by a journey he made through that country six years ago in company with his friend, the editor of this volume. Shortly after his return to New York, he enriched the museum by the gift of an extremely rare Persian rug, which may now be seen displayed in one of the galleries, not far from the Morgan collection of paintings. His present donation of manuscripts fills four large cases occupying the greater part of the Persian room that adjoins the latter collection.