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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Calligraphy by Mir `Ali Haravi, Persian (Calligrapher, active late 15th to first half of 16th century)
Verses Praising the Ascetic Life, calligraphy by Mir `Ali Haravi, with elaborate figural paintings in the border by an unknown artist, folio from an album for Emperor Jahangir
Work Type
album folio
c. 1540
Creation Place: Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara
Mughal period
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
42.23 x 26.35 cm (16 5/8 x 10 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Mir 'Ali al-Havari
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Milo Cleveland Beach and Stuart Cary Welch, The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India, 1600-1660, exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA, 1978), Page 57, 59/Figure 11

Gauvin Alexander Bailey, The Jesuits and the Grand Mogul: Renaissance Art at the Imperial Court of India, 1580-1630, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C., 1998), page 34/figure 28

40 Years On... Donations by John Goelet: Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings, Miniatures and Calligraphy, Tankas and Mandala, M. T. Train and Scala Books (New York, NY, 2000), page 199, 244

David Roxburgh, The Persian Album, 1400 - 1600: from Dispersal to Collection, Yale University Press (New Haven, 2005), p 12/fig 14, p 308

Alan Chong, ed., Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour, Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore, 2016), pp. 78, fig. 10

Exhibition History

Birds, Beasts and Calligraphies, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/11/1981 - 09/29/1981

Geometry of the Spirit: Islamic Illumination and Calligraphy, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/30/1988 - 06/26/1988

Sewn Together With Peace of Mind, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/29/1997 - 06/08/1997

The Enlightened Eye: Gifts from John Goelet, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/12/2000 - 05/07/2000

The Continuous Stroke of a Breath: Calligraphy from the Islamic World, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 12/20/2003 - 07/18/2004

32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/14/2015 - 11/03/2015

A Colloquium in the Visual Arts , Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2021 - 01/02/2022

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