Folio from a Divan (collected poems) by Suhayli (d. 1501-2)

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Divan (collected poems) by Amir Nizam al-Din Shaykh Ahmad Suhayli ; text: Persian in black nasta’liq script; recto: flyleaf with the name of the scribe and the date; obliterated seals; verso: sarlawh, two columns, seven lines of text.
Border: The text is set in gold, red and blue rulings on an orange colored, gold-sprinkled paper.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Sultan Ali b. Muhammad al-Mashhadi
Historical period(s)
Timurid and Safavid periods, first half 16th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 24.2 x 16.5 cm (9 1/2 x 6 1/2 in)
Geography
Afghanistan, Herat
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.357
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, illumination, Iran, nasta'liq script, poems, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), Timurid period (1378 - 1506), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Divan (collected poems) by Amir Nizam al-Din Shaykh Ahmad Suhayli ; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: flyleaf with the name of the scribe and the date; obliterated seals; verso: sarlawh, two columns, seven lines of text.
Border: The text is set in gold, red and blue rulings on an orange colored, gold-sprinkled paper.

Inscription(s)

Flyleaf: "Divan of Suhayli, the writing of Sultan-Ali Mashhadi, large size paper, thirty pieces of borders in dawlatabadi paper, 42 leaves of paper, polychrome and marbleized, gilded with a leather cover...covered in gold, the writing of Sultan-Ali Mashhadi, inspected on the 16th of the month of Jumada II, in the year [A.H.] 1105 [A.D. June 29, 1694]; On 29 Dhu'l-Qa'da in the year [A.H.] 1117 [A.D. April 25, 1705] inspected."

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. 284, p. 252.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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