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Masterpieces of Islamic Calligraphy from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 2–September 1, 2009
Exhibition objects (1-59 of 59 Results)
Pen Box
Date: 13th century
Medium: Brass; inlaid with silver and gold
Accession Number: 89.2.194
Fan with Poetic Verses
Date: dated A.H. 1301/A.D. 1883–84
Medium: Wood; painted, gilded, and lacquered
Accession Number: 90.2.65
Brazier of Sultan al-Malik al-Muzaffar Shams al-Din Yusuf ibn 'Umar
Date: second half 13th century
Medium: Brass; cast, chased, inlaid with silver and black compound
Accession Number: 91.1.540
Helmet with Talismanic Inscriptions
Date: 18th century
Medium: Steel; damascened with gold
Accession Number: 91.1.749
Scissors
Date: 18th–19th century
Medium: Steel; damascened with gold
Accession Number: 91.1.906
Qur'an Manuscript
Date: late 16th–early 17th century
Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper; gilt-stamped leather
Accession Number: 91.26.14
Qur'an Case
Date: second half 15th century
Medium: Leather; embroidered with gilt-silver wire
Accession Number: 04.3.458
Fragmentary Cenotaph Cover with Calligraphic Inscriptions
Date: 17th–18th century
Medium: Silk; lampas
Accession Number: 08.178.2
Tile from an Inscriptional Frieze
Date: dated A.H. 707/A.D. 1308
Medium: Stonepaste; underglaze painted in blue, luster-painted on opaque white ground, modeled
Accession Number: 12.44
Mosque Lamp for the Mausoleum of Amir Aydakin al-'Ala'i al-Bunduqdar
Date: shortly after 1285
Medium: Glass, brownish; blown, folded foot, applied handles; enameled and gilded
Accession Number: 17.190.985
Pierced Globe
Date: late 13th–early 14th century
Medium: Brass; spun and turned, pierced, chased, inlaid with gold, silver, and black compound
Accession Number: 17.190.2095a, b
Textile Fragment
Date: late 14th–early 15th century
Medium: Silk; lampas
Accession Number: 18.31
Engraved Lamp Stand with Chevron Pattern
Date: dated A.H. 986/ A.D. 1578–79
Medium: Brass; cast, engraved, and inlaid with black and red pigment
Accession Number: 29.53
Inkpot of the Emperor Jahangir
Mu'min
Date: dated A.H. 1028/A.D. 1618–19
Medium: Nephrite, gold
Accession Number: 29.145.2
Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: ca. 1180
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 29.160.23
Tiraz Textile Fragment from an Ikat Shawl
Date: late 9th–early 10th century
Medium: Cotton, ink, and gold; plain weave, resist-dyed (ikat), painted Inscription: black ink and gold leaf; painted
Accession Number: 29.179.9
Bowl with musicians
Date: mid-13th century
Medium: Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque monochrome glaze
Accession Number: 32.52.2
Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: ca. 1250–1300
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment
Accession Number: 37.21
Qur'an Manuscript
Date: late 9th–early 10th century
Medium: Main support: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment; Binding: leather; tooled
Accession Number: 37.142
Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66)
Date: ca. 1555–60
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 38.149.2
Folios from a Qur'an Manuscript in Floriated "New Style" Script
Date: 11th century
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 40.164.2a, b
Folios from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: A.H. 383/A.D. 993
Medium: Ink and gold on paper
Accession Number: 40.164.5a, b
Bowl with Arabic Inscription, "Blessing, prosperity, well-being, happiness"
Date: late 10th–11th century
Medium: Earthenware; white slip with polychrome slip decoration under transparent glaze
Accession Number: 40.170.15
Mirror
Date: 12th century
Medium: Bronze; cast, chased
Accession Number: 42.136
Ewer
Date: ca. 1180–1210
Medium: Brass; raised, repoussé, inlaid with silver and black compound
Accession Number: 44.15
Page of Calligraphy
Mir `Imad al-Hasani
(1552–1615)
Date: dated A.H. 1017/A.D. 1608–9
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 46.126.3
recto: "Portrait of Prince Danyal", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
Painting by Manohar
(active ca. 1582–1624)
Date: recto: late 16th century; verso: ca. 1500
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 55.121.10.32
"Rosette Bearing the Names and Titles of Shah Jahan", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
Date: recto: ca. 1645; verso: ca. 1630–40
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 55.121.10.39
Mosque-lamp-shaped Vessel with Arabic Inscriptions
Date: 1525–40
Medium: Stonepaste; painted in blue under transparent glaze
Accession Number: 59.69.3
Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: 9th century
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment
Accession Number: 62.152.2
Bifolium from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: 15th century
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 62.152.8
Bowl Emulating Chinese Stoneware
Date: 9th century
Medium: Earthenware; painted in blue on opaque white glaze
Accession Number: 63.159.4
Planispheric Astrolabe
Muhammad Zaman al-Munajjim al-Asturlabi
(active 1643–89)
Date: dated A.H. 1065/ A.D. 1654–55
Medium: Brass and steel; cast and hammered, pierced and engraved
Accession Number: 63.166a–j
Illuminated Frontipiece of a Manuscript of the Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds)
Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi
(active late 15th–early 16th century)
Date: text: dated A.H. 892/ A.D. 1487; illumination: ca. 1600
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 63.210.1
Wine Cup
Verses by Ibn Sukkara al-Hashimi
((d. A.H. 385/ A.D. 995–6))
Date: second half 10th–11th century
Medium: Silver; fire gilded, hammered, and chased
Accession Number: 64.133.2
Bowl with Arabic Inscription
Date: 10th century
Medium: Earthenware; white slip with black-slip decoration under transparent glaze
Accession Number: 65.106.2
Goblet with Incised Designs
Date: 8th–9th century
Medium: Glass, bluish green; blown, applied solid stem and blown foot; scratch-engraved
Accession Number: 65.173.1
Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: 14th century
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 69.149
Star-Shaped Plaque
Muhammad Talib Gilani
Date: first half 16th century
Medium: Ivory; carved with traces of pigment
Accession Number: 1972.89
Chess Piece, Pawn
Date: 9th–11th century
Medium: Stone
Accession Number: 1972.119.11
Chess Piece, Pawn
Date: 9th–11th century
Medium: Stone
Accession Number: 1972.119.12
Bowl
Date: 10th century
Medium: Earthenware; white slip with incised black slip decoration under transparent glaze
Accession Number: 1975.195
Fragment of a Bowl
Date: 10th century
Medium: Earthenware; painted in black slip and polychrome pigments under a transparent colorless glaze (buffware)
Accession Number: 1975.320.2,3
Candlestick inscribed with Wishes for Good Fortune, Peace and Happiness to its Owner
Date: ca. 1500
Medium: Brass; cast, pierced, engraved, and inlaid with black organic compound
Accession Number: 1980.114
Divan of Sultan Husayn Baiqara
Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi
(active late 15th–early 16th century)
Date: dated A.H 905/ A.D.1500
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; lacquer binding
Accession Number: 1982.120.1
Album of Calligraphies Including Poetry and Prophetic Traditions (Hadith)
Shaikh Hamdullah ibn Mustafa Dede
((d. 1520))
Date: ca. 1500
Medium: Main support: ink, watercolor, and gold on paper Margins: ink, watercolor and gold; marbled paper Binding: leather and gold
Accession Number: 1982.120.3
Pen Case and Inkwell
Date: first half 19th century
Medium: Gold, silver; partial gilded, probably cast
Accession Number: 1982.478.6
Calligraphic Dish
Date: ca. 1600
Medium: Copper alloy; cast
Accession Number: 1983.227
Page of Calligraphy
Date: 17th century
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Accession Number: 1986.109.2
Page of Calligraphy
Date: dated A.H. 1075/ A.D. 1664–65
Medium: Ink on dyed paper
Accession Number: 1986.216.1
Calligraphic Plaque
Date: probably late 17th century
Medium: Steel; forged and pierced
Accession Number: 1987.14
Ewer with Arabic proverb, "Devotion fortifies action"
Date: 10th century
Medium: Earthenware; white slip with black slip decoration under transparent glaze
Accession Number: 1988.114.3
Roundel with Repeated Inscription
Date: late 16th century
Medium: Wood, gesso, painted and metal-leafed with gold and silver
Accession Number: 1991.233
Anthology of Persian Poetry in Oblong Format (Safina)
Sultan Muhammad Nur
(ca. 1472–ca. 1536)
Date: dated A.H. 905/A.D. 1499–1500
Medium: Ink, watercolor, and gold on paper Binding: leather
Accession Number: 1997.71
Pyxis (Cylindrical Container)
Date: late 11th–early 12th century
Medium: Stonepaste; luster-painted on incised, opaque white glaze
Accession Number: 1998.298a, b
Book of Prayers, Surat al-Yasin and Surat al-Fath
Ahmad Nairizi
(active 1682–1739)
Date: dated A.H. 1132/A.D. 1719–20
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Binding: lacquer
Accession Number: 2003.239
Base for a Water Pipe (Huqqa) with Poetry and Flowers
Date: early 18th century
Medium: Zinc alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and brass (bidri ware)
Accession Number: 2003.271
Folio from the "Blue Qur'an"
Date: second half 9th–mid-10th century
Medium: Gold and silver on indigo-dyed parchment
Accession Number: 2004.88
Pen Box
Date: 19th century
Medium: Lacquer
Accession Number: 2008.247a, b
Pen Box
Date: 13th century
Accession Number: 89.2.194
Fan with Poetic Verses
Date: dated A.H. 1301/A.D. 1883–84
Accession Number: 90.2.65
Brazier of Sultan al-Malik al-Muzaffar Shams al-Din Yusuf ibn 'Umar
Date: second half 13th century
Accession Number: 91.1.540
Helmet with Talismanic Inscriptions
Date: 18th century
Accession Number: 91.1.749
Scissors
Date: 18th–19th century
Accession Number: 91.1.906
Qur'an Manuscript
Date: late 16th–early 17th century
Accession Number: 91.26.14
Qur'an Case
Date: second half 15th century
Accession Number: 04.3.458
Fragmentary Cenotaph Cover with Calligraphic Inscriptions
Date: 17th–18th century
Accession Number: 08.178.2
Tile from an Inscriptional Frieze
Date: dated A.H. 707/A.D. 1308
Accession Number: 12.44
Mosque Lamp for the Mausoleum of Amir Aydakin al-'Ala'i al-Bunduqdar
Date: shortly after 1285
Accession Number: 17.190.985
Pierced Globe
Date: late 13th–early 14th century
Accession Number: 17.190.2095a, b
Textile Fragment
Date: late 14th–early 15th century
Accession Number: 18.31
Engraved Lamp Stand with Chevron Pattern
Date: dated A.H. 986/ A.D. 1578–79
Accession Number: 29.53
Inkpot of the Emperor Jahangir
Mu'min
Date: dated A.H. 1028/A.D. 1618–19
Accession Number: 29.145.2
Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: ca. 1180
Accession Number: 29.160.23
Tiraz Textile Fragment from an Ikat Shawl
Date: late 9th–early 10th century
Accession Number: 29.179.9
Bowl with musicians
Date: mid-13th century
Accession Number: 32.52.2
Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: ca. 1250–1300
Accession Number: 37.21
Qur'an Manuscript
Date: late 9th–early 10th century
Accession Number: 37.142
Folios from a Qur'an Manuscript in Floriated "New Style" Script
Date: 11th century
Accession Number: 40.164.2a, b
Folios from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: A.H. 383/A.D. 993
Accession Number: 40.164.5a, b
Bowl with Arabic Inscription, "Blessing, prosperity, well-being, happiness"
Date: late 10th–11th century
Accession Number: 40.170.15
Mirror
Date: 12th century
Accession Number: 42.136
Ewer
Date: ca. 1180–1210
Accession Number: 44.15
Page of Calligraphy
Mir `Imad al-Hasani
(1552–1615)
Date: dated A.H. 1017/A.D. 1608–9
Accession Number: 46.126.3
recto: "Portrait of Prince Danyal", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
Painting by Manohar
(active ca. 1582–1624)
Date: recto: late 16th century; verso: ca. 1500
Accession Number: 55.121.10.32
"Rosette Bearing the Names and Titles of Shah Jahan", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
Date: recto: ca. 1645; verso: ca. 1630–40
Accession Number: 55.121.10.39
Mosque-lamp-shaped Vessel with Arabic Inscriptions
Date: 1525–40
Accession Number: 59.69.3
Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: 9th century
Accession Number: 62.152.2
Bifolium from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: 15th century
Accession Number: 62.152.8
Bowl Emulating Chinese Stoneware
Date: 9th century
Accession Number: 63.159.4
Planispheric Astrolabe
Muhammad Zaman al-Munajjim al-Asturlabi
(active 1643–89)
Date: dated A.H. 1065/ A.D. 1654–55
Accession Number: 63.166a–j
Illuminated Frontipiece of a Manuscript of the Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds)
Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi
(active late 15th–early 16th century)
Date: text: dated A.H. 892/ A.D. 1487; illumination: ca. 1600
Accession Number: 63.210.1
Wine Cup
Verses by Ibn Sukkara al-Hashimi
((d. A.H. 385/ A.D. 995–6))
Date: second half 10th–11th century
Accession Number: 64.133.2
Bowl with Arabic Inscription
Date: 10th century
Accession Number: 65.106.2
Goblet with Incised Designs
Date: 8th–9th century
Accession Number: 65.173.1
Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript
Date: 14th century
Accession Number: 69.149
Star-Shaped Plaque
Muhammad Talib Gilani
Date: first half 16th century
Accession Number: 1972.89
Chess Piece, Pawn
Date: 9th–11th century
Accession Number: 1972.119.11
Chess Piece, Pawn
Date: 9th–11th century
Accession Number: 1972.119.12
Bowl
Date: 10th century
Accession Number: 1975.195
Fragment of a Bowl
Date: 10th century
Accession Number: 1975.320.2,3
Divan of Sultan Husayn Baiqara
Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi
(active late 15th–early 16th century)
Date: dated A.H 905/ A.D.1500
Accession Number: 1982.120.1
Album of Calligraphies Including Poetry and Prophetic Traditions (Hadith)
Shaikh Hamdullah ibn Mustafa Dede
((d. 1520))
Date: ca. 1500
Accession Number: 1982.120.3
Pen Case and Inkwell
Date: first half 19th century
Accession Number: 1982.478.6
Calligraphic Dish
Date: ca. 1600
Accession Number: 1983.227
Page of Calligraphy
Date: 17th century
Accession Number: 1986.109.2
Page of Calligraphy
Date: dated A.H. 1075/ A.D. 1664–65
Accession Number: 1986.216.1
Calligraphic Plaque
Date: probably late 17th century
Accession Number: 1987.14
Ewer with Arabic proverb, "Devotion fortifies action"
Date: 10th century
Accession Number: 1988.114.3
Roundel with Repeated Inscription
Date: late 16th century
Accession Number: 1991.233
Anthology of Persian Poetry in Oblong Format (Safina)
Sultan Muhammad Nur
(ca. 1472–ca. 1536)
Date: dated A.H. 905/A.D. 1499–1500
Accession Number: 1997.71
Pyxis (Cylindrical Container)
Date: late 11th–early 12th century
Accession Number: 1998.298a, b
Book of Prayers, Surat al-Yasin and Surat al-Fath
Ahmad Nairizi
(active 1682–1739)
Date: dated A.H. 1132/A.D. 1719–20
Accession Number: 2003.239
Base for a Water Pipe (Huqqa) with Poetry and Flowers
Date: early 18th century
Accession Number: 2003.271
Folio from the "Blue Qur'an"
Date: second half 9th–mid-10th century
Accession Number: 2004.88
Pen Box
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: 2008.247a, b
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