Folio from Divan (collected poems) by Sultan Husayn Mirza (d.1506)

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Divan (collected poems) by Sultan Husayn Mirza; Eastern Turkish in white nasta’liq script with the title in an illuminated band; verses of poem executed in qat’ (cut-out technique); one of a group of two folios (with F.1929.66).
Border: Folio is mounted on a green ground, set in red, gold, blue and white rulings on gold-sprinkled paper.

Maker(s)
Author: Sultan Husayn Mirza (1470-1506)
Historical period(s)
Timurid period, ca. 1490
Medium
Ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 23.8 x 15 cm (9 3/8 x 5 7/8 in)
Geography
Afghanistan, Herat
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1929.67
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afghanistan, decoupage, illumination, nasta'liq script, Timurid period (1378 - 1506)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Kirkor Minassian 1874 - 1944

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Divan (collected poems) by Sultan Husayn Mirza; Eastern Turkish in white nasta'liq script with the title in an illuminated band; verses of poem executed in qat' (cut-out technique); one of a group of two folios (with F.1929.66).
Border: Folio is mounted on a green ground, set in red, gold, blue and white rulings on gold-sprinkled paper.

Label

Written in Turkish, this elegant folio in nasta'liq is from a copy of the collected works of the last Timurid ruler, Sultan Husayn Bayqara. It is executed in a complicated technique known as qata'i (decoupage). Instead of writing in ink, individual letters are cut out of different colored paper and pasted on a contrasting background. The art of decoupage, which originated in late fifteenth-century Herat, required tremendous skill, dexterity, and imagination

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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