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Album Page with Cut-Paper Decoration

Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
ca. 1625–50
Geography:
Made in India
Medium:
Cut paper on paper, opaque watercolor, and gold
Dimensions:
10 1/2 in. x 7 1/8 in.
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.222
Not on view
The decoration on this page is cut from tan paper and laid down on a blue paper background. It depicts flowering plants and a pair of long-legged water birds flanking a deer. The calligraphy, only partially deciphered, is integrated into the floral pattern, resembling foliage in the lower section and a tendril-like motif in the upper section. The words may provide the name of the artist (Baz Khan?) and an invocation to 'Ali.
Inscription: The calligraphy in the lower part of the page is in Persian and is vertically arranged in a mirror-composition which appears to say: 'amal-i baz (?) khan ("work of Baz? Khan").

The calligraphy in the upper part of the page is in Arabic and is also vertically placed and may be read as: inna illa 'ali kull ("that except...ali...every...").
[ Terence McInerney, London, until 2002; sold to MMA]
New York. Asia Society. "In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India, Selections from the Polsky Collections and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 14, 2004–January 2, 2005, no. 12.

Topsfield, Andrew, ed. "Arts of India." In In the Realm of Gods and Kings. London; New York: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004. no. 12, pp. 48-49, ill. (color).

Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. p. 134, ill. fig. 54 (color).



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