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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)

Calligrapher:
Sultan `Ali Mashhadi (ca.1440–1520)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
text, ca. 1500; borders, first quarter 17th century
Geography:
present-day Afghanistan or Iran, Herat or Mashhad; India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.149
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    'Abd al-Rahim, India (early 1600s–about 1624); Emperor Jahangir, India (from about 1624); sale, Sotheby's, Geneva, June 25, 1985, lot 23, to Ahuan; [ Ahuan Islamic Art, London, 1985; sold to MMA]

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