Album folio; Page of calligraphy from the late Shah Jahan album; right-hand half of a double-page composition, text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; four diagonal hemistiches; inscribed to Mir Ali; corner embellished with triangular illumination.
Border: The central panel is set in green rulings followed by a calligraphic border containing Persian verses and an outer frame of geometric, animal, and bird motifs mounted on a brown paperboard.
Bottom page cartouche, "Poor, sinful Ali."
From at least 1912
Georges Marteau. 
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. 
From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. 
 See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 401.
 See note 1.
 See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
 See note 3.
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran (July 28 to September 16, 2012)
Arts of Mughal India (2004) (August 21, 2004 to February 6, 2005)
Other Worldly Visions: Persian and Indian Paintings from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (March 27, 1998 to May 10, 1998)
The Jewel and the Rose: Art of Shah Jahan (May 4, 1997 to January 25, 1998)
A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
Persian and Indian Painting - Selections from a Recent Acquisition (September 28, 1987 to February 28, 1988)