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Quatrain on true knowledge

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December 31, 1699
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Imad al-Hasani
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Art and Calligraphy
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Aurangzeb 1658–1707

Quatrain on true knowledge

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Subject Headings - Calligraphy, Arabic - Calligraphy, Persian - Manuscripts, Persian--Washington (D.C.) - Iran - Afghanistan - India - Arabic script calligraphy - Illuminated Islamic manuscripts - Islamic calligraphy - Islamic manuscripts - Nasta'liq - Poetry Notes - Persian quatrain on true knowledge written in black Nasta'liq script by the calligrapher (Mir) 'Imad al-Hasani in the 17th Cent. - Below the quatrain, the calligrapher (Mir) 'Imad al-Hasani has signed his work with his name and a number of diminutives, as well as a request for God's forgiveness. Mir 'Imad (d. 1615) was born in 1552, spent time in Herat and Qazvin, and finally settled in Isfahan (then capital of Safavid Persia), where, as a result of his implication in court intrigues, he was murdered in 1615. He was a master of nasta'liq script, whose works were admired and copied by his contemporaries, and later collected by the Mughals (Welch et al 1987: 32-36). - Dar khakh-i Baylaqan rasidam bi-'abidi / Guftam mara bi-tarbiyat az jahl pak kun / Gufta buru chu khak tahammul kun ay faqih / Ya har cha khanda hama dar zir-i khak kun - Dimensions of Written Surface: 8.5 (w) x 15.7 (h) cm - I arrived at a worshipper's in the area of Baylaqan. / I said: "With tutoring purify me from ignorance." / He said: "Oh, Thoughtful One, go, because, like the earth, you can withstand all, / Or bury everything that you have read under the soil." - Many works in international collections are signed by him (inter alia, Safwat 1996, cat. nos. 53 and 62; and Lowry and Beach 1988: no. 456), although whether all these pieces are by his hand remains uncertain. Other calligraphies bearing his name in the collections of the Library of Congress include: 1-84-154.3, 1-84-154.43, 1-85-154.72, 1-85-154.77, 1-87-154.160, and 1-99-106.13 R. - These verses show how the poet sought out spiritual teaching or tutoring (tarbiyat) from a wise man, who responded that learned knowledge is discardable. Baylaqan was a city in the province of Azarbaijan known for its purifying waters. - This calligraphic fragment provides an iambic pentameter quatrain, or ruba'i, written in black nasta'liq script. The text is outlined in cloud bands filled with blue and placed on a gold background. In the upper right corner, a gold decorative motif fills in the triangular space otherwise left empty by the intersection of the rectangular frame and the diagonal lines of text. The verses read: - Script: nasta'liq - 1-90-154.162 Medium 1 volume ; 8.5 (w) x 15.7 (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.236 Library of Congress Control Number 2019714692 Online Format image LCCN Permalink https://lccn.loc.gov/2019714692 Additional Metadata Formats MARCXML Record MODS Record Dublin Core Record IIIF Presentation Manifest Manifest (JSON/LD)

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