Page of calligraphy

Detached album folio: Page of calligraphy; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; quatrain arranged in four diagonal lines; inscribed to Mir Ali; corners embellished with triangular illuminated panels.
Border: The text is set in gold, black and white rulings in a gold-sprinkled inner frame, mounted on paperboard with stenciled landscape and animal motifs.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: signed by Mir Ali Haravi (died ca. 1550)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 16th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 32.7 x 21.5 cm (12 7/8 x 8 7/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.326
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Calligraphy
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), stenciling, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Detached album folio: Page of calligraphy; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; quatrain arranged in four diagonal lines; inscribed to Mir Ali; corners embellished with triangular illuminated panels.
Border: The text is set in gold, black and white rulings in a gold-sprinkled inner frame, mounted on paperboard with stenciled landscape and animal motifs.

Inscription(s)

Triangular panel, bottom left: "Poor, lowly, Mir Ali."

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 439, p. 356.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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