Leaf of Calligraphy from Poems by Sa'di, Sa'di (1213/19–92), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; decoupage and stenciled borders

Leaf of Calligraphy from Poems by Sa'di

Author:
Sa'di (1213/19–92)
Object Name:
Non-illustrated album leaf
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; decoupage and stenciled borders
Dimensions:
6 7/8 x 10 1/2in. (17.5 x 26.7cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1934
Accession Number:
34.49
Not on view
This folio’s border is composed of cut buff paper carefully pasted onto blue paper to produce a bold design of plants and animals, with small cutouts that suggest the textures of fur and feathers. The motif of the entwined cypress and flowering tree was familiar to Persian art at the time. The inscriptions, which include an identification of the cypress tree, may have been added later. The border on the reverse was created using stencils rather than decoupage.
Inscription: In Persian, on tree: "Dirakht shemshad" (box tree)
[ Kirkor Minassian, New York, until 1933; sold to MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Perfect Page: The Art of Embellishment in Islamic Book Design," May 17, 1991–August 18, 1991, no catalogue.

Haidar, Navina. "Visual Splendour: Embellished Pages from the Metropolitan Museum 's Collection of Islamic and Indian Manuscripts." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). pp. 115-116, ill. fig. 16 (color).