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An Arms Workshop

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
mid-16th century
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
12 1/2 x 7 11/16in. (31.7 x 19.5cm) Dimensions of painting: 7 9/16 x 5 3/16in. (19.2 x 13.2cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edith Macy Schoenborn-Buchheim, in memory of Valentine E. Macy, Jr., 1981
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Definition: Arabic
Location: Verso, in oval medallion
Style: nasta'liq
Transliteration: al- izz li-dhalika (probably dhatika)#CR#wa'l-jalal likibriya'ika#CR#wa'l-'azmat lishanika#CR#wa'd-dawam libaqa'ika#CR#ya qa'im adh-dhat#CR#wa mufid al-khairat
Translation: Invocation of God#CR#Glory belong to Thy "essence" (not as in the text, "to that one")#CR#and majesty to Thy grandeur and greatness to Thy affair and continuity to Thy eternal life O Thou who exists through Himself (literally "through HIs essence") and who pours forth good things!
Notes: Annemarie Schimmel, 1983: Some of the words are misspelled, such as kibriya'ika, where the hamza looks like an "r", and al-azmat, which is Persian spelling instead of the correct Arabic, al-azma.

Marking: See additional card.
V. Everit Macy, New York (until d. 1930); Edith Macy Schoenborn-Buchheim, Tivoli, NY (by 1978–81; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Bright Side of Battle: Symbol and Ceremony in Islamic Arms and Armor," January 17, 1985–September 1, 1985.

Swietochowski, Marie, Stuart Cary Welch, and Annemarie Schimmel. "Notable Acquisitions." The Metropolitan Museum of Art vol. 39 (1982). p. 15, ill. (b/w).

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