Page of calligraphy

Detached album folio: Page of calligraphy; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; quatrain arranged in four diagonal lines; corners embellished with triangular illuminated panels; inscribed to Mir Ali.
Border: The central panel is set in gold and black rulings in a gold floral scroll inner frame and a calligraphic border outer frame containing couplets from the Divan of Amir Shahi, mounted on a paperboard with gold floral and geometric motifs.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Mir Ali Haravi (died ca. 1550)
Historical period(s)
16th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 35.7 x 23.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 1/4 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
S1986.343
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Calligraphy
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, nasta'liq script, quatrain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached album folio: Page of calligraphy; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; quatrain arranged in four diagonal lines; corners embellished with triangular illuminated panels; inscribed to Mir Ali.
Border: The central panel is set in gold and black rulings in a gold floral scroll inner frame and a calligraphic border outer frame containing couplets from the Divan of Amir Shahi, mounted on a paperboard with gold floral and geometric motifs.

Inscription(s)

Triangular panel, bottom left: “Slave Mir Ali. May [God] forgive his sins."

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. 438, p. 356.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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