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Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962
Detached folio from a dispersed album.An illuminated qita' (poetic fragment); Persian in black nasta'liq script; signed by Mir Ali. verso (F1939.50a): painting: A portrait of Abd al-Rahim Khan Khanan; side panel texts in Persian black nasta'liq script.
Border: recto (F1939.50b): the calligraphy panel is set in red, gold, and black rulings in an inner frame of calligraphy panels, and a gold floral outer frame, mounted on a paperboard with multicolored flowers and marginal medallions. verso: the painting is set in gold and purple rulings in an inner frame of calligraphic panels and a gold outer frame with floral motifs mounted on a paperboard with gold flowers on a blue ground.
Recto: "Poor, lowly Mir Ali."
Verso: "Work by Hashim."
The calligraphic works of Mir Ali of Herat are highly esteemed, and many samples were collected by the Mughal emperors of India and incorporated into imperial albums. This folio is from one of the albums compiled for Shah Jahan (1627-58) and is adorned with superbly rendered illuminations placed between the verses and in the margins. This album was made up of samples of calligraphy mounted on the back of folios containing portraits and studies of animals.
- Published References
- Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. Exh. cat. Washington, 1981. cat. 18a, p. 183.
- M.A. Alvi A. Rahman. Jahangir: The Naturalist. New Delhi. pl. 18.
- Priscilla P. Soucek. Persian Artists in Mughal India: Influence and Transformations. vol. 4 Leiden. no. 16, 167, p. 180.
- The Emperor's Album: Images of Mughal India. Exh. cat. New York. pp. 40, 52, 68, 72, 116-118, pl. 19.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
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- Rights Statement
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