Prayer for God's Mercy


This calligraphic fragment includes a Persian poem seeking the mercy and assistance of God. The verses read: “Oh Sun of the proud skies, / Oh Gem of the sea freed from need, / I have hope (to receive) your favor, / Kindness, generosity, and support of me.” The verses are executed in black nasta'liq script on a beige paper. A small and rather sloppy frame has been pasted to the text panel and onto a larger sheet of paper backed by cardboard. The fragment is neither dated nor signed, but it may have been executed in Iran or India sometime during the 18th or 19th centuries.

Last updated: May 3, 2016