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Leaf of Calligraphy from Poems by Sa'di

Author:
Sa'di (1213/19–92)
Object Name:
Non-illustrated album leaf
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; decoupage and stenciled borders
Dimensions:
6 7/8 x 10 1/2in. (17.5 x 26.7cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1934
Accession Number:
34.49
Not on view
This folio’s border is composed of cut buff paper carefully pasted onto blue paper to produce a bold design of plants and animals, with small cutouts that suggest the textures of fur and feathers. The motif of the entwined cypress and flowering tree was familiar to Persian art at the time. The inscriptions, which include an identification of the cypress tree, may have been added later. The border on the reverse was created using stencils rather than decoupage.
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