Laurak and Chanda Rest on Their Journey to a Trysting Place, Leaf from a Chandayana Manuscript
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
early 16th century
sheet: 10 x 7 11/16 in. (25.4 x 19.5 cm)
image, recto: 7 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (18.7 x 14.0 cm)
image, verso: 7 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. (18.7 x 13.7 cm) (show scale)
The Arabic verses on the verso, which are known as "the exordium," belong to the beginning section of the Koran. Written in black nasta'liq with a vivid outline in gold that enhances the flowing movement of the letters, the verses can be translated as:
In the name of Allah
The Compassionate, the Merciful,
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Creation,
The Compassionate, the Merciful,
King of Judgment day,
You alone we worship, and to You alone
we pray for help.
Guide us to the straight path
The path of those whom You have favored,
Not those wo have incurred Your wrath,
Nor of those who have gone astray.
The signature reads: The lowly scribe Muhammad Zahed Samarkandi/ may Allah forgive his defects/written in the city of/ Heydarabad in the year 1016 [A.D. 1607-8]. (Tr. Marjan Adib.)
Illustrate text on reverse as figure.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Peter Findlay
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Indian. Laurak and Chanda Rest on Their Journey to a Trysting Place, Leaf from a Chandayana Manuscript, early 16th century. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 10 x 7 11/16 in. (25.4 x 19.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Peter Findlay, 78.198 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.78.198.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 5/6/2009
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