Calligraphy from the Late Shahjahan Album

Page of calligraphy from the Late Shahjahan Album; left-hand half of a double-page composition; Persian in black nasta’liq script; one column; six lines of text; attributed to Mir Ali.
Border: The couplets are set in horizontal rectangles in an illuminated page; the page is set in gold and white rulings in an inner frame with a turquoise floral scroll, and an outer frame with cartouches and quatrefoils motifs, mounted on a brown-colored paperboard of floral cartouches.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Mir Ali Haravi
Historical period(s)
circa 1640-1650
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 48.3 x 35.9 cm (19 x 14 1/8 in)
Geography
Iran (calligraphy); India (borders)
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.93
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, illumination, India, Iran, nasta'liq script, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Page of calligraphy from the Late Shahjahan Album; left-hand half of a double-page composition; Persian in black nasta'liq script; one column; six lines of text; attributed to Mir Ali.
Border: The couplets are set in horizontal rectangles in an illuminated page; the page is set in gold and white rulings in an inner frame with a turquoise floral scroll, and an outer frame with cartouches and quatrefoils motifs, mounted on a brown-colored paperboard of floral cartouches.

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. 343, pp. 290, 292.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World, South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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