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Two women discuss a passage in a book

December 31, 1555
The Morgan Library and Museum
Akbar 1556–1605

Two women discuss a passage in a book



Two women discuss a passage in a book India, between 1588 and 1605. Two women discuss a passage in a book (MS M.458.7r). Description: 1 single leaf : paper on card, ill. ; leaf: 379 x 242 mm; image: 182 x 117 mm Credit: Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911. Genres: Manuscripts. Miniatures (Illuminations)--16th century. Miniatures (Illuminations)--17th century. Paper (fiber product) Cardboard. Single leaves. Language: Inscription in Persian. Surround in Persian Script: nastaʻlīq Notes: Ms. Mughal illumination; written and illuminated between 1588 and 1605. Artist: Āqā Riżā (Āqā Riz̤āʼi ʻAbbāsī); who is identified in the inscription. The surround is from a manuscript;it is an unidentified Persian quatrain. MICROFILM holding is on record for MS M.458.1r. Provenance: Ḥusain Khān Shāmlū (d. 1618) and possibly his son, Ḥasan Khān; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Charles Hercules Read in 1911; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943). Associated Names: Riz̤ā-ʼi ʻAbbāsī, Āqā, ca. 1570-1635?, illuminator. Read, Charles Hercules, Sir, 1857-1929, former owner. Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner. Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner. Cite as: Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.458.7r. Publications on: Islamic and Indian manuscripts and paintings in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Barbara Schmitz. New York : The Library, 1997, no. 50, p. 149; plate 31. Subjects: Manuscripts, Persian--New York (State)--New York. 1588-1605. Dept./Collection: Pierpont Morgan Library Dept. of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

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