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Mir Ali (died 1556)  Search this
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 36.9 x 25.3 cm (14 1/2 x 9 15/16 in)
circa 1640-1650
Mughal dynasty
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. [1]
To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [2]
From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]
From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]
[1] 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.
[2] See note 1.
[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
[4] See note 3.
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Exhibition History:
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)
Previous custodian or owner:
Henri Vever (1854-1942)
Georges Marteau
Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
bird  Search this
goat  Search this
Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858)  Search this
nasta'liq script  Search this
India  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  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