Feuillet d'une anthologie de poésie persane, monté en page d'album

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Feuillet d'une anthologie de poésie persane, monté en page d'album
Calligraphy attributed to Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. 1550), Uzbekistan, Bukhara, ca. 1550 Ink, gouache and gold on paper, mounted on a cardboard album page with gold speckled margins. Two lines in late nasta'liq, inscribed in reserve, in clouds, on a lapis blue background, illuminated with swirling foliage scrolls, trilobes, and half-flowers, the whole flanked by small seated figures, one holding a bottle of wine ready to serve the other figure holding his cup 29.5 x 20 cm; Text: 7.8 x 18 cm. Several folios from this album are in private and public collections, the largest set (twelve folios) is in the Harvard Art Museum (Inv. 1958.63 to 1958.74). These folios, originally in the collection of Louis Cartier (1933), were acquired by the Harvard Museum in 1957 (see : Cartier et les Arts de L'Islam, aux Sources de la Modernité, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Imprimé à Vérone, 2021, p.294, cat.7a.). This set includes the colophon mentioning the name of the great calligrapher Mir 'Ali (al-Haravi), highlighting the great mastery of the calligrapher, see for example: M. Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.), 1980, p. 74, cat.25, and pp. 76-85. And a folio from the Hossein Afshar Collection, recently published in: Aimée Froom, Bestworthing Beauty, Masterpieces from Persian Lands, Selections from the Hossein Afshar Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2019, pp. 82-83, cat. 15.
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