Composite page of calligraphy

Detached album folio: Composite page of calligraphy; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; five calligraphic panels of poetry: three couplets signed by Sultan Mahmud al-Katib and dated A.H. 964 [A.D. 1557] in the upper right-hand corner; two couplets signed by Sultan Ali in Herat and dated A.H. 940 [A.D. 1533] in lower right-hand corner; two couplets signed by Sultan Muhammad al-Katib in the lower left-hand corner and three couplets in the upper left-hand corner; column dividers with floral motifs; corners embellished with triangular illuminated panels.
Border: The text panels are set in green, gold, red and blue rulings mounted on marbled gold-sprinkled paperboard.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Sultan Ali Sultan Mahmud Sultan Muhammad
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 16th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 47 x 32.1 cm (18 1/2 x 12 5/8 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
S1986.346
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Calligraphy
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, marbling, nasta'liq script, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached album folio: Composite page of calligraphy; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; five calligraphic panels of poetry: three couplets signed by Sultan Mahmud al-Katib and dated A.H. 964 [A.D. 1557] in the upper right-hand corner; two couplets signed by Sultan Ali in Herat and dated A.H. 940 [A.D. 1533] in lower right-hand corner; two couplets signed by Sultan Muhammad al-Katib in the lower left-hand corner and three couplets in the upper left-hand corner; column dividers with floral motifs; corners embellished with triangular illuminated panels.
Border: The text panels are set in green, gold, red and blue rulings mounted on marbled gold-sprinkled paperboard.

Inscription(s)

Triangular panel, upper right: "written by the sinful slave Sultan Mahmud al-katib in the year of [A.H.] 964 [A.D.1557]."
Square panel, lower right: "written by the sinful slave Sultan Ali, may God forgive his sins and conceal his faults, in the year of [A.H.] 940 [A.D. 1533]."
Triangular panel, lower left: "the sinful slave Sultan Muhammad katib."

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. 433, p. 353.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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