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Page of Calligraphy from an Anthology of Poetry by Sa`di and Hafiz

Author:
Sa'di (1213/19–92)
Author:
Hafiz (probably 1325/6–90)
Calligrapher:
Sultan `Ali Mashhadi (ca.1440–1520)
Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
late 15th century
Geography:
present-day Afghanistan, Herat
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
11 7/8 x 7 1/2in. (30.2 x 19cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.84.8
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]
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.



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