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Id (feast day) prayer for good fortune

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December 31, 1849
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Agha Muhammad 'Ali
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Art and Calligraphy
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Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

Id (feast day) prayer for good fortune

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Subject Headings - Calligraphy, Arabic - Calligraphy, Persian - Manuscripts, Persian--Washington (D.C.) - India - Calligraphy, Indian - Arabic script calligraphy - Illuminated Islamic manuscripts - Indian naskh - Islamic calligraphy - Islamic manuscripts Notes - Two bayts (verses) wishing prosperity on the occasion of an 'id (Nowruz), written in Indian naskh script by calligrapher Agha Muhammad 'Ali in India. - Dimensions of Written Surface: 17.9 (w) x 32.9 (h) cm - 'id shud jashn-i nu mubarak bad / taj-i dawlat tura bi-tarak bad / hafiz u nasirat bi-har du jahan / sura-yi fath ba tabarak bad - In the lower left corner appears the calligrapher's signature, which reads: mashaqahu al-faqir (written by the poor) Agha Muhammad 'Ali (or Muhammad 'Ali Agha). Part of the signature -- along with the last word (bad) of the poem's final verse -- has been filled in later, since a part of the original calligraphy was lost or damaged. - In this prayer probably written for the celebration of the New Year ('Id-i Noruz), a patron is wished protection through two Qur'anic chapters, namely Surat al-Fath (Victory, Qur'an 48) and Surat Tabarak (Blessing), otherwise known as Surat al-Mulk (The Kingdom, Qur'an 67). These two verses of the Qur'an are known for their apotropaic and protective powers, and thus are appropriate in a prayer wishing success and well-being. - It is 'id, congratulations on the new celebration / May the crown of fortune be your summit / May the Chapters of Victory and Blessing / Be your protectors and supporters in both worlds. - Muhammad 'Ali is otherwise unrecorded. However, judging from the fragment's script and theme (e.g., 1-04-713.19.3, 1-04-713.19.49, 1-04-713.19.48, and 1-84-154.51), it is possible to suggest that this piece was executed in India sometime during the 18th or 19th century as a New Year's gift to an eminent patron. - The verses are executed in Indian naskh script in dark brown ink and are framed by cloud bands on a background painted with a light brown wash. Each bayt is executed in diagonal and contained in a separate rectangular frame. The whole of the text frame has been pasted to a larger sheet of beige paper backed by cardboard. - This calligraphic fragment includes two bayts (verses) wishing its owner prosperity and happiness on the occasion of an 'id. - Script: Indian naskh - 1-85-154.99 Medium 1 volume ; 27.8 (w) x 43.4 (h) cm Repository Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Digital Id https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.amed/ascs.142 Library of Congress Control Number 2019714631 Online Format image LCCN Permalink https://lccn.loc.gov/2019714631 Additional Metadata Formats MARCXML Record MODS Record Dublin Core Record IIIF Presentation Manifest Manifest (JSON/LD)

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