mudd’a anqa hai apne aalam-e taqrir ka – Ghalib

Anqa | Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine

Anqa: A bird from Arabic story tradition, whose single defining trait is his not-there-ness. Whenever you try to catch him, he’s gone. — Frances Pritchett

For a detailed discussion of this ghazal, please visit Frances Pritchett’s site.

Frieze tile with phoenix, ca. 1270s Iran; probably Takht-i Sulayman; Fritware, overglaze luster-painted. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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