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Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy and Paintings
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Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy and Paintings

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Description Walters manuscript W.668 is an album (muraqqa') of Persian and Indian calligraphy and paintings, most probably compiled in the 13th century AH/AD 19th. The album contains 34 illustrations, 3 of which are attributed to the Mughal painter Abu al-Hasan (Nadir al-al-Zaman), 2 to Manuhar, and 1 each to Dawlat and Sadiqi. There are several portraits of rulers and courtiers, as well as scenes from historical manuscripts, such as Baburnamah and Gulistan by Sa'di. This album is also significant for the number of works by the artist Shayk Abbasi, who worked in the 11th century AH/AD 17th. The signed calligraphic pieces bear the names of 'Imad al-Hasani (died 1024 AH/AD 1615), 'Ali Riza-'i 'Abbasi, Mir 'Ali, and 'Abd al-Rashid al-Daylami (died 1081 AH/AD 1670-1671). The album was initially in an accordion format and was later made into a codex. The lacquer binding with central ovals and pendants decorated with flowers dates to the 13th century AH/AD 19th.
Date Description Narrative
3/16/1972Examinationexamined for condition
2/11/1975Treatmentexamined for condition; stabilized
2/18/1975Treatmentstabilized; re-housed
5/20/1975Examinationexamined for condition
5/20/1975Treatmentstabilized; mounted
6/24/1975Treatmentmounted; re-housed; stabilized
6/15/1979Examinationexamined for condition
11/07/1984Treatmentexamined for condition; re-housed
  • Splendor in Books. Grolier Club, New York; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
  • The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India, 1600-1900. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston; Asia House Gallery, New York. 1978-1979.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Muslim and Hindu Art. Duke University Museum of Art, Durham. 1985.
  • The Royal Style. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance 'Abduh Khudadad, 1189 AH/AD 1775 [mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression: 'Abduh Khudadad, 1189 AH/AD 1775 on fol. 58a]; Farhad, 1234 AH/AD 1800 [mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression: Farhad, 1234 AH/AD 1800 on a number of folios]; Muhammad al-Hasani [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression: Muhammad al-Hasani on fol. 28a]; Fath 'Ali [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [seal impression: Fath 'Ali on fol. 82b]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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late 10th century AH/AD 16th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Safavid; Qajar)
ink and paint on paper bound between boards covered with lacquer
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 11 5/8 x W: 7 1/2 in. (29.5 x 19 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
  • India (Place of Origin)
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