Folio from a Divan (collected poems) by Suhayli (d. 1501-2)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    first half 16th century
  • Geography

    Herat, Afghanistan
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 24.2 x 16.5 cm (9 1/2 x 6 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Sultan Ali b. Muhammad al-Mashhadi
  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Divan (collected poems) by Amir Nizam al-Din Shaykh Ahmad Suhayli ; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: flyleaf with the name of the scribe and the date; obliterated seals; verso: sarlawh, two columns, seven lines of text.
    Border: The text is set in gold, red and blue rulings on an orange colored, gold-sprinkled paper.
  • Inscriptions

    Flyleaf: "Divan of Suhayli, the writing of Sultan-Ali Mashhadi, large size paper, thirty pieces of borders in dawlatabadi paper, 42 leaves of paper, polychrome and marbleized, gilded with a leather cover...covered in gold, the writing of Sultan-Ali Mashhadi, inspected on the 16th of the month of Jumada II, in the year [A.H.] 1105 [A.D. June 29, 1694]; On 29 Dhu'l-Qa'da in the year [A.H.] 1117 [A.D. April 25, 1705] inspected."
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Origin

    Herat, Afghanistan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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