Album folio; recto: Lady with two attendants; verso: calligraphy

citation

Detached album folio; left-hand half of a double-page composition; text: Persian and Arabic in black nasta’liq script; recto: Lady with two attendants; verso: panel of calligraphy, one column, six lines; signed by Muhammad Ibrahim.
Border: The recto is set in a frame of gold foliate and arabesque motifs mounted on a blue-colored paperboard with gold flowers. The verso is set in black rulings surrounded by a green border mounted on a blue- colored paperboard with colored flowers.

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Historical period(s)
1869-70 (1287 A.H.)
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 45.3 x 27.4 cm (17 13/16 x 10 13/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.429
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached album folio with painting

Keywords
attendant, Henri Vever collection, India, lute, woman, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942

Description

Detached album folio; left-hand half of a double-page composition; text: Persian and Arabic in black nasta'liq script; recto: Lady with two attendants; verso: panel of calligraphy, one column, six lines; signed by Muhammad Ibrahim.
Border: The recto is set in a frame of gold foliate and arabesque motifs mounted on a blue-colored paperboard with gold flowers. The verso is set in black rulings surrounded by a green border mounted on a blue- colored paperboard with colored flowers.

Inscription(s)

Verso: praise be to God, the bestower of images, and prayers upon his Prophet, dispatched to all mankind, and upon his family and companions. May He help us on the day of resurrection. This unique painted album is a regal pearl from the sea of calligraphy and depiction...The beauty of its figures is beyond the world of reality and imagination, and the beauty of its images is the symbol of manifestations of the world of archetypes...the poor Muhammad Ibrahim [A.H.] 1287 [A.D. 1869-70].

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 428, p. 350.
  • Rene Grousset. The Civilizations of the East. 4 vols., New York and London, 1931-1934. p. 366, fig. 226.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum