Page from an Unidentified Text


The recto and verso of his calligraphic fragment contain portions of an unidentified Persian text about the futility of the world. The text continues on the fragment's verso, which includes a chapter, provided with a heading in red ink in the center of the text panel, supplying a sifat (description) of craftsmen in a particular land. The text is executed in a rather hasty nasta'liq script written horizontally in two columns and diagonally in one column. Some lines are lost due to water damage. The text and folio frames consist of a number of borders in gold, red, and blue, while the text's margins are decorated with a series of floral sprays and leaves painted in gold. The script and page layout suggest that this fragment was executed in Iran or India during the 17th−18th centuries.

Last updated: July 31, 2014