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Album of Persian Calligraphy
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Album of Persian Calligraphy

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Description Walters manuscript W.673 is an illuminated album (muraqqa') in accordion format containing Persian calligraphy. It was executed in Iran during the 11th century AH/AD 17th. Lines of text in black Nasta'liq script are framed by decorative cloud-bands. Borders are decorated with illuminated vegetal and animal motifs on multicolored paper. This album bears a seal impression of the Ottoman Sultan 'Uthman Khan (Osman III, reigned 1167 AH/AD 1754-1170 AH/AD 1757) and a bequest (waqf) entry and seal by Ibrahim Hanif, inspector of awqaf (fol. 1b). The dark brown leather binding with central oval and pendants is contemporary with the manuscript but may not be original to it.
Provenance Sultan 'Uthman Khan ibn Mustafá Khan [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [seal of the Sultan and a bequest (waqf) entry and seal by Ibrahim Hanif, inspector of awqaf, and the shelfmark 5012 on fol. 1b]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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11th century AH/AD 17th century
ink and pigments on multicolored paper mounted on pasteboard covered with dark brown leather with light brown leather doublures
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Folio H: 9 13/16 x W: 5 1/2 in. (25 x 14 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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