Book of Prayers, Surat al-Yasin and Surat al-Fath

Calligrapher Ahmad Nairizi Iranian
(attributed to) Muhammad Hadi Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

This prayer book reflects the fusion of Indian and Iranian manuscript illumination in the eighteenth century. It contains the Surat al-Yasin and the Surat al-Fath (Victory) copied by the celebrated master of revival naskh, Ahmad Nairizi, with illuminations attributed to the renowned Muhammad Hadi. The color palette and decoration of naturalistic grape-bearing vines and vegetal scrolls in vibrant gold, pistachio green, and crimson resemble designs used in Mughal and Kashmiri manuscript illumination, architectural decoration, and decorative arts.

Book of Prayers, Surat al-Yasin and Surat al-Fath, Ahmad Nairizi (Iranian, active 1682–1739), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Binding: lacquer

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