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"Jahangir and His Vizier, I'timad al-Daula", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Artist:
Attributed to Manohar (active ca. 1582–1624)
Calligrapher:
Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)
Object Name:
Album leaf
Date:
recto: ca. 1615; verso: ca. 1530–45
Geography:
Attributed to India
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 15 3/8 in. (39 cm)
W. 10 3/16 in. (25.9 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.10.23v
Not on view
55.121.10.23 verso–Calligraphy

Oh you whose absence is an ancient friend
And grief for you an old, consoling friend!
Pain for your sake is our daily guest–
A souvenir from you: scars on our breast.
The poor [faqir] Mir-'Ali

Both the upper and lower borders contain one line of Chagatay poetry; at the right and left borders are two fragments of Persian ghazals, one signed by Kamal (Khojandi), and a quatrain.

Annemarie Schimmel in [Welch et al. 1987]

THIS VERSO PAGE has a pattern in gold on a blue ground that is an identical copy of the border, signed by Daulat, of MMA fol. 7v (pl. 27 in this volume). While the present border is very fine, a close examination of the two reveals that the drawing and brushwork of the signed border are superior. It is interesting to speculate that this prolific border painter worked, perhaps, under the close supervision of Daulat. This would appear to be an odd leaf, not matching in border scheme the other folios of Group B.

Marie L. Swietochowski in [Welch et al. 1987]
Signature: 55.121.10.23 verso:
In Persian, in lower left corner triangle: The poor Mir 'Ali.

Inscription: 55.121.10.23 recto:
In Persian, in upper right corner under canopy: Shah Jahangir.
In Persian, under carpet: Manohar, slave of the court.
In Persian, on paper: God is the greatest. Nur-ud-din Jahangir, son of Akbar Shah, is Padshah in form and essence through the grace of God.

Marking: 55.121.10.23 recto:
Margin number '37' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's, London,December 12, 1929, to Kevorkian); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, from 1929]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; gift and sale to MMA]
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