Page of Calligraphy

Calligrapher: Ahmad Nairizi (active 1682–1739)

Object Name: Non-illustrated album leaf

Date: 1714

Geography: Made in Iran

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: H. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
W. 5 in. (12.7 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1962

Accession Number: 62.152.14


The unsurpassed master of naskhi calligraphy in the late Safavid period was Ahmad Nairizi. Naskhi style in Iran was rounded and almost perfectly upright, and counterbalanced the more common and cursive "hanging" style called nasta'liq. This excellent page containing prayers in Arabic copied in blue and set against a tan brown background can be credited to Nairizi's pen. The subtle decoration consists of leafy bands between each line and a double frame in bright orange and green.