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A calligraphy by ʻAlī al-Ḥusainī

December 31, 1499
Cleveland Art
Art and Calligraphy
Sultan Husayn Bayqara 1470–1506

A calligraphy by ʻAlī al-Ḥusainī



A calligraphy by ʻAlī al-Ḥusainī Herāt, late 15th or early 16th century. Description: 1 single leaf : paper on card, ill. ; 376 x 240 mm Credit: Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911. Genres: Manuscripts--Afghanistan--Herāt--15th century. Manuscripts--Afghanistan--Herāt--16th century. Illuminated borders--Afghanistan--Herāt--15th century. Illuminated borders--Afghanistan--Herāt--16th century. Calligraphy--Afghanistan--Herāt--15th century. Calligraphy--Afghanistan--Herāt--16th century. Paper (fiber product) Cardboard. Single leaves. Language: Persian Surrounds in Persian; Script: nastaʻlīq nastaʻlīq. Notes: Ms. Persian calligraphy; written and illuminated in Herāt, late 15th or early 16th century. Text: three lines from an unidentified Persian mas̤navī. Text of the surrounds: from an unidentified Persian treatise on definitions of Sufi terms. Decoration: illuminated border. Surrounds are cuttings from a manuscript. Text box: 155 x 72 mm. MICROFILM holding is on record for MS M.458.1r. Provenance: Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Charles Hercules Read in 1911; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943). Associated Names: Al-Ḥusainī al-Haravī, Mīr ʻAlī, active 1543, scribe. Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner. Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner. Formatted Place: Afghanistan--Herāt. Cite as: Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.458.36r. Publications on: Islamic and Indian manuscripts and paintings in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Barbara Schmitz. New York: The Library, 1997, no. 50, p. 173; figure 239. Subjects: Manuscripts, Persian--New York (State)--New York. 1475-1525. Dept./Collection: Pierpont Morgan Library Dept. of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

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