Composite album folio, Dancing sufis; Cluster of primrose, calligraphic panels

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1575
  • Geography

    Qazvin, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, color, and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (album sheet): 45 x 30.3 cm (17 11/16 x 11 15/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Master Murad
  • Calligrapher

    Shah Mahmud al-Nishapuri
  • Description

    Detached album folio: page of calligraphy with paintings; two calligraphic panels in Persian black nasta'liq script and two paintings; panel of calligraphy from Gulistan (Rose garden) by Sa'di in the upper right-hand corner; painting: Cluster of primrose by Master Murad in the lower right-hand corner; five couplets of poem by Shah Mahmud al-Nishapuri in the lower left-hand corner; tinted drawing: Dancing sufis attributed to Muhammadi of Herat in the upper left-hand corner.
    Border: The painting and the text are set in red and gold rulings with a tendril scroll inner frame and gold, red and black outer frame mounted on a green paperboard with gold floral motifs.
  • Inscriptions

    Lower right, "work of Ustad Murad."
    Lower left, "work of the slave Shah Mahmud."
    Upper left, "done by Master Muhammadi of Herat."
    Seal: Abbas, slave of the monarch sainthood [Ali b. Abi-Talib]."
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    Art of the Court of Shah Tahmasp (December 16, 1979 to August 14, 1980)
    The Brush of the Masters: Drawings from Iran (October 14, 1978 to May 30, 1979)
    Special Exhibition of Persian Art (May 1, 1960 to August 11, 1961)
    Special Exhibition, Near Eastern Art (September 15, 1953 to February 9, 1954)
    Islamic Art (November 3, 1944 to February 4, 1945)
    Exhibition of Islamic Art (February 24 to March 22, 1937)
    A Special Exhibition of Persian Art (January 6 to 27, 1935)
    Untitled Exhibition, University of Michigan, 1935 (1935)
  • Origin

    Qazvin, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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