Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 2015

Calligraphic exercises and verses of Hafiz (Persian, about 1325–1389) (verso)

Calligraphic exercises and verses of Hafiz (Persian, about 1325–1389) (verso)

1575-76

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calligraphy by

Mahmud ibn Ishaq al-Shahabi

(Persian, active mid- to late 1500s)

Ink and opaque watercolor with gold on paper, illuminated calligraphy (verso)

Page: 28 x 23.8 cm (11 x 9 3/8 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 2013.347.b

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The work was part of an album of paintings collected in India before 1811 by a Scottish politician who worked for the British East India Company.

Description

This fine calligraphic work is signed and dated by a calligrapher who was highly regarded in both Safavid Iran and Mughal India. Mughal albums typically had a painted portrait or figural scene on one side, and a work of calligraphy on the other. The British civil servant Sir Charles Forbes made his album following that format.

The verses are a lament over a lack of wine, beginning:
For some days now the Daughter of the Vine has been lost to us,
Gone away to tend to her own affairs.
Be alert and prepared as a search party.
Her dress is of rubies, and she wears a tiara of delicate glass.

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