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Folio from the late Shah Jahan Album with two poems and a couplet from the Divan of Amir Shahi (died 1453)

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Mir Ali Haravi (died ca. 1550)  Search this
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 37 x 25.2 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in)
Iran (calligraphy); India (borders)
ca. 1640-1650
Page of calligraphy from the late Shah Jahan Album; two poems and a couplet from the Divan of AmirShahi; right-hand half of a double-page composition; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; two columns; twelve lines of text; signed by Mir Ali Katib.
Border: The text is set in gold and green rulings in a pink and turquoise inner frame with gold, floral and leaf scroll, and a gold outer frame, mounted on a brown-colored paperboard with floral cartouches. The text is embellished with horizontal illuminated rectangles and column dividers.
Bottom page cartouche, “sinful Mir Ali katib, may God forgive him."
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Exhibition History:
Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Sunday, May 03, 2015)
Variations on a Script: Islamic Calligraphy from the Vever Collection (February 18 to September 16, 1990)
A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
poetry  Search this
illumination  Search this
Iran  Search this
India  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
Henri Vever collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery