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Anthology of Persian Poetry

Poet:
Amir Shahi of Sabzavar (d. 1453)
Poet:
Maulana Nur al-Din `Abd al-Rahman Jami (1414–92)
Poet:
Nasir Khusrau (1003–ca. 1066)
Object Name:
Section from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran or Turkey
Medium:
Main support: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Binding: Lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
89.2.2152
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
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).



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