Page of Calligraphy from an Anthology of Poetry by Sa`di and Hafiz
Hafiz (probably 1325/6–90)
Sultan `Ali Mashhadi (ca.1440–1520)
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
late 15th century
present-day Afghanistan, Herat
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
11 7/8 x 7 1/2in. (30.2 x 19cm)
Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
The Museum owns eleven pages from a widely dispersed copy of Sa'di' s Gulistan (Rose Garden). Long appreciated for their animated and sumptuous borders, the pages also have first-rate nasta'liq script in colors and ink that can be attributed to Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi. The border drawings were added in 1525 or 1530 by top painters in Shah Tahmasp's atelier, indicating the high esteem in which this manuscript was held at the Safavid court at Tabriz.
Ph. Walter Schulz, Leipzig (in 1910); [ Gustav Crayen, until 1911; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sultan Ali of Mashhad, Master of Nasta'liq," January 19, 2001–May 27, 2001.
Sarre, F., H. R. Martin, and Moriz Dreger. Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst auf der Ausstellung München, 1910: Teppiche, Waffen, Miniaturen, Buchkunst, Keramik, Glas und Kristall, Stein- Holz-und Elfenbeinarbeiten, Stoffe, Metall, Verschiedenes. Munich: Bruckmann, 1912. no. 687, ill. pl. 31.
Schulz, Ph. Walter. Die Persisch-Islamische Miniaturmalerei. Vol. vols. I, II. Leipzig: Hiersemann, 1914. pp. 104-105, 164-165.