top of page

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

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

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



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.

Rate This BookDon’t love itNot greatGoodGreatLove itRate This Book

Your content has been submitted

Post Comment
Ratings & Review
Click To Close Comment Box
Click To Post Your Comment
Show Reviews

average rating is 5 out of 5


The Mughal Images immediately took a much greater interest in realistic portraiture than was typical of Persian miniatures. Animals and plants were the main subject of many miniatures for albums and were more realistically depicted. To upload your images click here.

Mughal Library brings readers of our history and related subjects on one platform. our goal is to share knowledge between researchers and students in a friendly environment.


bottom of page