Calligraphy from the Late Shahjahan Album

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At A Glance

  • Period

    circa 1640-1650
  • Geography

    Iran (calligraphy); India (borders)
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 48.3 x 35.9 cm (19 x 14 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    S1986.93
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S1986.93

Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Mir Ali Haravi
  • Description

    Page of calligraphy from the Late Shahjahan Album; left-hand half of a double-page composition; Persian in black nasta'liq script; one column; six lines of text; attributed to Mir Ali.
    Border: The couplets are set in horizontal rectangles in an illuminated page; the page is set in gold and white rulings in an inner frame with a turquoise floral scroll, and an outer frame with cartouches and quatrefoils motifs, mounted on a brown-colored paperboard of floral cartouches.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Fashioning an Empire: Safavid Textiles from the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (December 18, 2021 to May 15, 2022)
    The Jewel and the Rose: Art of Shah Jahan (May 4, 1997 to January 25, 1998)
    Variations on a Script: Islamic Calligraphy from the Vever Collection (February 18 to September 16, 1990)
    A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
  • Origin

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

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

    Manuscript
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