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    Sample of Persian Calligraphy from a Mughal Album

    Set against a gilded background, two couplets of romantic poetry appear in the elegant nasta?l?q script. The face of the beloved, considered the reflection of divine love, is fittingly compared to a bright moon and admired for its beauty: “Your face is flushed [and] has become [like] a bright moon; you have exalted your stature [and] have become the envy of the [tall] cypress.” A signature identifying “the lowly scribe, ?Ali” may refer to the talented sixteenth-century calligrapher Mir ?Ali al-Husayni al-Katib al-Haravi, also known as Mir ?Ali. The calligraphy was mounted on a seventeenth-century Indian album page decorated with flora and fauna in a Europeanizing style typical of the Mughal artistic tradition. It is possible that the folio, like the page with a portrait of the Sufi Shaykh Chishti displayed nearby, once belonged to the Shah Jahan Album.

    • Calligrapher: Ali Haravi
    • Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
    • Dates: 16th century; margins 17th century
    • Dynasty: Mughal
    • Period: Mughal
    • Dimensions: image: 7 13/16 x 3 14/16 in. (19.8 x 9.7 cm) sheet: 14 7/16 x 10 in. (36.7 x 25.4 cm) mat: 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 55.9 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: 'Ali (possibly Mir 'Ali, d. 1544)
    • Inscriptions: In Persian, Your face is flushed [and] has become [like] a bright moon You have exalted your stature [and] have become the envy of the [tall] cypress; The beauty of your face increases day by day; Although you were beautiful yesterday, you are more beautiful today. Translated by Dr. Layla S. Diba and Dr. Ehsan Yarshater
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 1991.185
    • Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by anonymous donors and the Helen Babbott Sanders Fund
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Ali Haravi. Sample of Persian Calligraphy from a Mughal Album, 16th century; margins 17th century. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, image: 7 13/16 x 3 14/16 in. (19.8 x 9.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by anonymous donors and the Helen Babbott Sanders Fund, 1991.185
    • Image: overall, 1991.185_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Good (70%)
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