Folio of calligraphy

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    1541-1542 (948 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Iran or Afghanistan
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 22 x 13.7 cm (8 11/16 x 5 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Kamal al-Din Ayn al-Din (died 1566 (974 A.H.))
  • Description

    Panel of calligraphy; text: Persian in white, gold, blue and black ta'liq script; signed by Kamal al-Din Ikhtiyar al-munshi al-sultani and dated 1541-1542 (948 A.H.); triangular illuminated corner panels; reverse side marbled; one of a group of three folios.
    Border: The calligraphiy is set in gold, black and blue rulings and a blue inner frame with ta'liq script mounted on light pink gold-sprinkled paperboard.
  • Inscriptions

    Written in [A.H.] 948, [A.D.] 1541 by the poor miserable slave Ikhtiyar, the royal scribe.
    Written in [A.H.] 948, [A.D.] 1541 by the poor miserable slave Ikhtiyar, the royal scribe.
  • Provenance

    To 1929
    Kirkor Minassian, New York to 1929 [1]
    From 1929
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York on April 5, 1929 [2]
    [1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.
    [2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    Nastaliq Calligraphy (September 23, 1982 to January 20, 1984)
    Art of the Court of Shah Tahmasp (December 16, 1979 to August 14, 1980)
    Untitled Exhibition, Persian and Near Eastern Art (May 5, 1933 to September 24, 1947)
    Untitled Exhibition, South Asian and Persian Art (March 24, 1930 to March 14, 1931)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Kirkor Minassian (1874-1944)
  • Origin

    Iran or Afghanistan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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