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recto: "Portrait of Raja Suraj Singh Rathor", verso: Page of Calligraphy. Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Artist:
Painting by Bishan Das
Calligrapher:
Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)
Object Name:
Album leaf
Date:
recto: late 16th century; verso: ca. 1640
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/4 in. (38. 7 cm) W. 10 1/16 in. (25.6 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.10.7
Not on view
verso: This panel of calligraphy conforms closely to the type probably established by the celebrated calligrapher Sultan 'Ali about forty or fifty years earlier. The border illumination is signed by the artist Daulat, who executed paintings and marginalia for three generations of Mughal emperors, from Akbar to Shah Jahan. Mir 'Ali was both the calligrapher and author of the lines written here:
One with the eye of gazelles
hunted the bird of my heart,
Robbed me of steadfastness,
robbed me, poor lover, of rest.
Counsel and good advice
is no longer of use–
There is no use anymore,
friends, in counseling me!
The poor 'Ali.
Signature: 55.121.10.7 verso:
In Persian, in upper right corner triangle: By its scribe.
In Persian, in lower left corner triangle: The poor 'Ali.

Inscription: 55.121.10.7 recto:
In Persian, in lower part of second border: Portrait of...Raja Suraj Singh Rathor, done by Bishan Das.

55.121.10.7 verso:
In Persian, in the narrow gilt magin: Illuminating and gilding work of Daulat.

Marking: 55.121.10.7 recto:
Margin number '4' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's London,December 12, 1929, to Kevorkian); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, from 1929]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; gift and sale to MMA]
Diamond, Debra, Catherine Glynn, and Karni Singh. "The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur." In Garden and Cosmos. Washington: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2008. no. 4, pp. 58-59, 259, ill. p. 58 (color).

Beach, Milo C., Eberhard Fischer, and B.N. Goswamy. Masters of Indian Painting. Vol. Vols. I, II. Zurich, Switzerland: Artibus Asiae Publishers, 2011. vol. I, p. 261.

Alexander, David G., and Stuart W. Pyhrr. "in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Islamic Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. p. 218, ill. fig. 35 (color).

Okada, Amina. Imperial Mughal Painters: Indian Miniatures from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Paris: Flammarion, 1992. p. 157, ill. fig. 189 (b/w), recto.



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