This anthology comprises selected works from Persian poets, including Sa'di, Shahi, and Jami. Its artfully constructed pages are composed in a découpage technique known as qita'i, wherein individual letters are cut from colored papers, then meticulously arranged and affixed to complementary colored folios.
Inscription: The calligraphy in nasta`liq text is translated as:
On several pages, in the cartouches: "And the same to him (the mercy of God)" on folio 15b, in the cartouche: "From the odes of Sa`di" on folio 16a, in vertical: "From the odes of Khusrau; on folio" on folio 17a: "By Shahi" on folio 17b, in a slanting cartouche: "From the odes of Jami" on folio 22a: "By Shahi"
Joseph W. Drexel, New York (until d. 1888); his widow, Lucy Wharton Drexel(1888–89; gifted to Museum in Joseph Drexel's name)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Celestial Pen: Islamic Calligraphy," September 28, 1982–February 7, 1983, no catalogue.
New York. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. "Cut Paper," February 12, 1985–May 12, 1985, No catalogue.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Perfect Page: The Art of Embellishment in Islamic Book Design," May 17, 1991–August 18, 1991, no catalogue.
Schimmel, Annemarie. "Islamic Calligraphy." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., vol. 50, no. 1 (Summer 1992). p. 49, ill. fig. 59 (color).