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Page of Calligraphy

Calligrapher:
Muhammad Ashraf Al-Radhawi
Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
dated A.H. Rabi' al-Awwal 1069/ A.D. December 1658
Geography:
Made in India, Kashmir
Medium:
Ink and watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H. 11 5/16 in. (28.8 cm) W. 4 13/16 in. (12.3 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Persian Heritage Foundation, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.153
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450
This page comes from a book copied by Muhammad Ashraf al-Radhawi, who wrote it in 1658 while serving as the Mughal governor of Kashmir. The text is in Arabic and Persian, and consists of prayers and supplications (called munajat) dedicated to ‘Ali (d. 661), the fourth caliph and first Shi'i Imam. They are written in nasta'liq, a cursive script that developed in the ninth century and used most often in Iran and India for writing Persian.
American Museum of Natural History, New York; [ Sam Fogg, London, until 2002; sold to MMA]
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