PERSIAN QUATRAINS (RUBAYI) AND CALLIGRAPHIC EXERCISES (RECTO); PERSIAN VERSE (KHAMRIYYA) (VERSO)
December 31, 1508
Art and Calligraphy
Ulugh Beg II 1507–1526
Persian Quatrains (Rubayi) and Calligraphic Exercises (recto); Persian Verse (khamriyya) (verso)
Part of a set. See all set records
Sultan Muhammad Khandan
(Iranian, died after 1550)
Afghanistan, Herat, Safavid period
Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper
Gift of Mrs. Mehmed A. Simsar in memory of Dr. Mehmed A. Simsar 1983.1115
This page contains two quatrains—poems made up of four lines. The diagonally written text in the center of the page is a poem addressed to a ruler, expressing hope for his success and the downfall of his enemies. The second poem is split between the horizontal panels at the top and bottom of the page. This quatrain praises the beauty of the writer’s beloved, saying that “her moonlike face can steal away a hundred besotted hearts.” At the right are calligraphic exercises displaying letters of the alphabet and the virtuoso skill of the calligrapher Sultan Muhammad Khandan, who signed the page in the triangle at the lower left of the inner text block.
To the chain of her tresses, O Lord!/ Fetter not one with a besotted heart!/ For in a trice, deploying her beauty,/ Her moonlike face can steal away a hundred besotted hearts.
The hope is for your enemies to suffer a reversal of fortune;/ And both worlds (here and hereafter) to fall into your grasp./ Under your shadow you harbor compassion, so it is a marvel to behold:/ A shade lightening the world.
Al-faqīr Sulṭān Muḥammad Khandān
The poor (one) Sulṭān Muḥammad Khandān
We are the ones who are perpetually intoxicated/ In our gatherings there is naught save wine and the cup.
Your content has been submitted
Ratings & Review
Thank You for Suggestion and replaced image with proper one.
This is not the same may be one of his great grand children ???
Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra are the jewels in India's crown. From fairy-tale palaces and epic forts to dizzying festivals and wildlife encounters, this is India at its unbeatable Bollywood best.