Baysunghur Mirza
Timurid Prince
Born1397
Herat
Died1433 (aged 35–36)
Bāḡ-e Safīd palace near Herat
Burial
IssueAla al-Dawla
Sultan Muhammad
Abul-Qasim Babur
Several others
Names
Ghiyath-ud-din Baysunghur
HouseHouse of Timur
FatherShah Rukh
MotherGawhar Shad
ReligionIslam

Ghiyath ud-din Baysunghur, commonly known as Baysonqor or Baysongor, Baysonghor or (incorrectly[2]) as Baysunqar, also called Sultan Bāysonḡor Bahādor Khan (1397 - 1433) was a prince from the house of Timurids. He was known as a patron of arts and architecture, the leading patron of the Persian miniature in Persia, commissioning the Baysonghor Shahnameh and other works, as well as being a prominent calligrapher.[3]

Scene from the Baysonghor Shahnameh, a Shahnameh commissioned by Baysunghur, 1430
Scene from the Baysonghor Shahnameh, a Shahnameh commissioned by Baysunghur, 1430

Baysunghur was a son of Shah Rukh, the ruler of Persia and Transoxania, and Shah Rukh's most prominent wife Gawhar Shad.[3]

In the view of modern historians, Baysunghur was actually a better statesman than his more famous elder brother, Ulugh Beg, who inherited Shah Rukh's throne,[3] but who "must have envied his younger brother, Baisunghur, whom his father never saddled with major responsibilities, which left him free to build his elegant madrasas in Herat, gather his ancient books, assemble his artists, and drink".[4]

A calligraphic panel with Geometrical Kufic letters attributed to Baysunghur
A calligraphic panel with Geometrical Kufic letters attributed to Baysunghur
Majnun among the wild animals in the so-called Baysunghur manuscript[5]
Majnun among the wild animals in the so-called Baysunghur manuscript[5]

He was living in Herat as governor by 1417. After taking Tabriz, in 1421 he brought back to Herat a group of Tabrizi artists and calligraphers, formerly working for Ahmad Jalayir, who he installed in Herat to add to his existing artists from Shiraz. They became the most important school of artists in Persia, merging the two styles.[6]

Personal life

Consorts

Baysunghur had five wives:

Sons

Baysunghur had three sons:

Daughters

Baysunghur had eight daughters:

Notes

  1. ^ Donald Newton Wilber, Iran, past and present (1963), p. 61
  2. ^ according to Encyclopedia Iranica
  3. ^ a b c BĀYSONḠOR, ḠĪĀT-AL-DĪN B. ŠĀHROḴ B. TĪMŪR in Encyclopedia Iranica
  4. ^ Starr, S. Frederick. Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlan, p. 493. Princeton University Press, 2013 ISBN 1400848806 ISBN 9781400848805
  5. ^ Volkmar Enderlein: Die Miniaturen der Berliner Bāisonqur-Handschrift. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin 1991. (Bilderhefte der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, 1)
  6. ^ Titley, Norah M., Persian Miniature Painting, and its Influence on the Art of Turkey and India, pp. 50-53, 1983, University of Texas Press, ISBN 0292764847