Persian Couplets (recto), Calligraphy, Persian Verses; Single Page Manuscript

late 1500s-early 1600s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Under Shah Abbas, the tradition in which painting was employed to illustrate a literary work was all but abandoned. In its place came a new concern with single-page illustrations, such as this one, which have no specific content or meaning. They often illustrate albums of collections of verses about love and beauty, in which these themes often appear to serve as allegories of things divine.

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  • Title: Persian Couplets (recto), Calligraphy, Persian Verses; Single Page Manuscript
  • Date Created: late 1500s-early 1600s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 31.6 x 20.4 cm (12 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.); Text area: 21 x 12.4 cm (8 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1944.494.a
  • Medium: ink, gold and opaque watercolor on paper
  • Inscriptions: script: Nasta'liq
  • Department: Islamic Art
  • Culture: Iran. Isfahan, Safavid Period, late 16th-early 17th Century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: Islamic Art
  • Accession Number: 1944.494.a

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