Anthology of Persian Poetry in Oblong Format (Safina)

Calligrapher Sultan Muhammad Nur Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

Images of angel-like, winged creatures known in Persian as pari enliven the small, delicately stenciled pages of this oblong-format Persian poetry anthology. With its stenciled folios, pseudo-marbleized pages, and multicolored papers and inks, this manuscript displays many of the innovative decorative techniques that developed within the Persian book arts during the fifteenth century. The engaging "patchwork" conceit of its colorful pages echoes the collected nature of its text—a gathering of short, sonnetlike Persian ghazals by diverse authors.

Anthology of Persian Poetry in Oblong Format (Safina), Sultan Muhammad Nur (Iranian, ca. 1472–ca. 1536), Ink, watercolor, and gold on paper.Binding: leather

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