Folio from the late Shah Jahan Album with two poems and a couplet from the Divan of Amir Shahi (died 1453)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1640-1650
  • Geography

    Iran (calligraphy); India (borders)
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 37 x 25.2 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Mir Ali Haravi (died ca. 1550)
  • Description

    Page of calligraphy from the late Shah Jahan Album; two poems and a couplet from the Divan of AmirShahi; right-hand half of a double-page composition; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; two columns; twelve lines of text; signed by Mir Ali Katib.
    Border: The text is set in gold and green rulings in a pink and turquoise inner frame with gold, floral and leaf scroll, and a gold outer frame, mounted on a brown-colored paperboard with floral cartouches. The text is embellished with horizontal illuminated rectangles and column dividers.
  • Origin

    Iran (calligraphy); India (borders)
  • Credit Line

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