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An African Lyre Player (recto); Calligraphy (verso)

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December 31, 1639
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Cleveland Art
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Art and Calligraphy
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Shah Jahan 1627–1658

An African Lyre Player (recto); Calligraphy (verso)

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An African Lyre Player (recto); Calligraphy (verso) c. 1640-1660 Part of a set. See all set records India, Deccan, 17th century Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper (recto); ink on paper, six lines of Persian poetry (verso) 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 2013.289 INSCRIPTION verso: Persian verses in nasta‘liq script: It is springtime friends! Time to nurse the carnal wants Wine, a minstrel, a pretty face, a secluded corner in a garden What would I have done given my lack of means If my heart did not have a cure for searing longings: My heart derives from the bounteous Sea of Compassion Its self-abnegating other-worldliness, an ever-radiant night glowing gem. EXHIBITION HISTORY The Cleveland Museum of Art (7/31/2016-10/23/2016); Art and Stories from Mughal India, cat. 60, p. 243.

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