Page of Calligraphy with Stenciled and Painted Borders from a Subhat al-Abrar (Rosary of the Devout) of Jami

Author Maulana Nur al-Din `Abd al-Rahman Jami Iranian
Calligrapher Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi Iranian
Patron 'Abd al-Rahim ibn Muhammad Bairam Khan Khan-i Khanan Indian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

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.

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 (Iranian, Jam 1414–92 Herat), Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper

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