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A calligraphy by ʻAli

December 31, 1499
The Morgan Library and Museum
Art and Calligraphy
Sultan Husayn Bayqara 1470–1506

A calligraphy by ʻAli



A calligraphy by ʻAli Herāt or Bukhara, ca. 1500-1550. Description: 1 single leaf : paper on card, ill. ; 415 x 299 mm Credit: Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911. Genres: Manuscripts--Afghanistan--Herāt--16th century. Manuscripts--Khanate of Bukhara--16th century. Illuminated borders--Afghanistan--Herāt--16th century. Illuminated borders--Khanate of Bukhara--16th century. Calligraphy. Paper (fiber product) Cardboard. Single leaves. Language: Persian Surround in Persian. Script: nastaʻlīq Notes: Ms. single leaf written and illuminated in Herāt or Bukhara the first half of the sixteenth century. Text: four hemistichs of an unidentified Persian mas̤navī. Decoration: illuminated border. Scribe: ʻAli, who may be Mīr ʻAlī al-Ḥusainī al-Haravī. The surround is a Persian quatrain, perhaps by Khayȳam; it is a cutting from a manuscript. Text box: 185 x 90 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. Read, Charles Hercules, Sir, 1857-1929, former owner. Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner. Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner. Formatted Place: Afghanistan--Herāt. Khanate of Bukhara. Cite as: Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.458.12v. Publications on: Islamic and Indian manuscripts and paintings in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Barbara Schmitz. New York : The Library, 1997, no. 50, p. 157; figure 215. Subjects: Manuscripts, Persian--New York (State)--New York. 1500-1550. Dept./Collection: Pierpont Morgan Library Dept. of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

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