Page of Calligraphy

Ahmad Nairizi (active 1682–1739)
Object Name:
Non-illustrated album leaf
Made in Iran
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
W. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
Signature: Ahmad Nairizi
William Ivins, Jr., New York (until d. 1961); his daughter, Barbara Ivins, Milford, CT (1961–62; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Celestial Pen: Islamic Calligraphy," September 28, 1982–February 7, 1983, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Nature of Islamic Ornament Part I: Calligraphy," February 26, 1998–June 28, 1998, no catalogue.

Schimmel, Annemarie. "Islamic Calligraphy." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., vol. 50, no. 1 (Summer 1992). pp. 22-23, ill. fig. 28 (color).