Page of Calligraphy with Stenciled and Painted Borders from a Subhat al-Abrar (Rosary of the Devout) of Jami
Maulana Nur al-Din `Abd al-Rahman Jami (1414–92)
Sultan `Ali Mashhadi (ca.1440–1520)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
text, ca. 1500; borders, first quarter 17th century
Decorated in India. Made in present-day Afghanistan or Iran, Herat or Mashhad
Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper
Overall page: H. 12 11/16 in. (32.2 cm)
W. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
Border: H. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
W. 6 5/16 in. (16 cm)
Text: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
W. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1985
Not on view
According to the manuscript’s title page, the main text of this folio is from the Panj Ganj (The Five Treasures) of Jami. The calligrapher Sultan ̒Ali Mashhadi completed the text, including both the main section and the diagonal writing, in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century, but the border of this work and the three small paintings of holy men were added at a later date. The complete folio was originally owned by ̒Abd al-Rahim, a military commander who served under the Mughal emperors Akbar and Jahangir. When it entered the collection of Jahangir in 1624–25, the book was valued at 1,000 ashrafis, or 10,000 rupees, making it one of the most valuable works of the imperial library at the time.
'Abd al-Rahim, India (early 1600s–about 1624); Emperor Jahangir, India (from about 1624); sale, Sotheby's, Geneva, June 25, 1985, no. 23, to Ahuan; [ Ahuan Islamic Art, London, 1985; sold to MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Perfect Page: The Art of Embellishment in Islamic Book Design," May 17, 1991–August 18, 1991, no catalogue.
"Tuesday, 25th June 1985." In Islamic Art. Geneva: Sotheby's, Geneva, 1985. no. 23, ill. fig. 23 (color).
Haidar, Navina. "Visual Splendour: Embellished Pages from the Metropolitan Museum 's Collection of Islamic and Indian Manuscripts." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). pp. 110-111, ill. fig. 6 (color).