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X892.8 M31 Persian calligraphy and illustration album.


Persian calligraphy and illustration album.

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Call number

X892.8 M31
(New York, NY. 10027, Columbia University., Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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Columbia University.




Components produced at different times and by different artists; probably compiled as an album in the 19th century. Two calligraphic works are signed and dated: 1) Ibn Muḥammad Riz̤ā Muḥammad, dated 1128 AH [1716 CE] (f. 9r) and 2) Ḥājī Muḥammad Ḥasanī, dated 1069 AH [1658 CE] (f. 11r). A third work is signed [Ḥus]ayn al-Tabrīzī (f. 8v).


Manuscript specimens of Persian songs, writing, illustrations and illuminations by different artists, mounted in a scrapbook.



17 leaves : 240 x 155 mm, bound to 240 x 164 mm




Lacquered boards. On the outside covers, two plants with large, red flowers on an orange field with a frame of small flowers on black. On the inside covers, a large, gold sprinkled, yellow flower on a black field with a gilt frame.


  • Various layouts, each work framed and mounted on an orange leaf.
  • Decoration

    14 illustrations using different techniques and 16 calligraphic panels framed in either purple or brown and mounted on reddish-orange leaves. The illustrations include four battle scenes (f. 4v, 5r, 7v, 15r), five depictions of single individuals (f. 8r, 11v, 13v-14v), two drawings of animals (f. 16v, 17r), a flower (f. 12r), and two illustrated scenes from stories (f. 9v-10r).


  • Written chiefly in nastaʻlīq with some samples in shikastah.
  • Provenance

    Subjects topical



    Table of contents



    Front cover
    9207_0000.tif (70.5 MB)
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    Inside front cover
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    Decoration: Donation Bookplate: "Messrs Prince, Speyer & Schiff"

    fol. 1r
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    Decoration: Library note

    fol. 1v
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    Section: [Persian calligraphy and illustration album].
    Decoration: Text panel

    fol. 2r
    9207_0004.tif (65.6 MB)
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    Decoration: Text panel

    fol. 2v
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    fol. 3r
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    Decoration: Text panel

    fol. 3v
    9207_0007.tif (69.3 MB)
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    Decoration: Illuminated text

    fol. 4r
    9207_0008.tif (66.2 MB)
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    Decoration: Illuminated text

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    9207_0009.tif (69.8 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustration: Battle scene

    fol. 5r
    9207_0010.tif (65.9 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustration: Battle scene

    fol. 5v
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    fol. 6r
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    Decoration: Text panel

    fol. 6v
    9207_0013.tif (70.4 MB)
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    Decoration: Shikastah panel

    fol. 7r
    9207_0014.tif (65.4 MB)
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    Decoration: Shikastah panel

    fol. 7v
    9207_0015.tif (70.5 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustration: Battle scene

    fol. 8r
    9207_0016.tif (65.3 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustration: Individual

    fol. 8v
    9207_0017.tif (70.0 MB)
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    Decoration: Text panel

    fol. 9r
    9207_0018.tif (65.1 MB)
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    Decoration: Text panel

    fol. 9v
    9207_0019.tif (70.2 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustrated scene

    fol. 10r
    9207_0020.tif (65.1 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustrated scene

    fol. 10v
    9207_0021.tif (70.6 MB)
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    Decoration: Illuminated text

    fol. 11r
    9207_0022.tif (64.7 MB)
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    Decoration: Illuminated text

    fol. 11v
    9207_0023.tif (71.6 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustration: Individual

    fol. 12r
    9207_0024.tif (64.7 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustration: Flower

    fol. 12v
    9207_0025.tif (71.3 MB)
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    Decoration: Shikastah panel
    Decoration: Stamp

    fol. 13r
    9207_0026.tif (64.5 MB)
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    Decoration: Shikastah panel

    fol. 13v
    9207_0027.tif (71.0 MB)
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    Decoration: Illlustration: Individual

    fol. 14r
    9207_0028.tif (64.1 MB)
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    Decoration: Illlustration: Individual

    fol. 14v
    9207_0029.tif (70.9 MB)
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    Decoration: Illlustration: Individual

    fol. 15r
    9207_0030.tif (64.0 MB)
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    Decoration: Illlustration: Battle scene

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    9207_0031.tif (70.9 MB)
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    Decoration: Text panel

    fol. 16r
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    Decoration: Illuminated text

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    9207_0033.tif (70.9 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustration: Bovine

    fol. 17r
    9207_0034.tif (67.8 MB)
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    Decoration: Illustration: Lion

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    Inside back cover
    9207_0036.tif (67.5 MB)
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    Back cover
    9207_0037.tif (70.1 MB)
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