8 April 2008
A LARGE PRESENTATION PANEL OF CALLIGRAPHY
QAJAR IRAN, DATED JUMADA AL-'AWAL AH 1305/JANUARY 1888 AD
A gift to the Ottoman Ambassador, with four lines of flowing large nasta'liq on a ground of gold and polychrome scrolling and flowering vine, between each line a thin band of gold and polychrome illumination, the bottom of the panel with the date Jumada al-'awal AH 1305, laid down between blue, white and red margins on marbled card, some creases and smudges
25 5/8 x 16¼in. (65 x 41.4cm.)
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This Persian quatrain in nasta'liq was written for Khalil Khalid Bayg, the Ottoman ambassador to Persia.
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