Sep 10, 2015
Sep 10, 2015
Sep 10, 2015

Calligraphy: Preface to the Anvar-i Suhaili

Calligraphy: Preface to the Anvar-i Suhaili

c. 1590

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Ink on cream gold-decorated paper with gold-sprinkled blue paper borders, six lines of Persian calligraphy (verso)

Page: 36.1 x 24.8 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Text field: 16 x 8.3 cm (6 5/16 x 3 1/4 in.)

Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.303.b



The lovers have met in a remote wilderness location, away from the city shown in the distance. However, their affair has run its course, and they decide to part ways, each walking in opposite directions through an ominous landscape, where strange rock formations and an oversized serpent-slain by foxes gnawing on its innards-lend a sense of foreboding. As Mughal court painting developed into the last decades of the 16th century, artists began using increasingly muted colors and gentler shading techniques than they did in the more robust Adventures of Hamza at the left. The omission of a light source and shadows adds to a timeless, otherworldly impression to the landscape.

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