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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Mir `Ali Haravi, Persian (Calligrapher, active late 15th to first half of 16th century)
Calligraphy by Mir `Ali Haravi with paintings by an unknown artist (recto and verso), folio from an Anthology of Poetry
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Illuminated Folio from an Anthology of Persian Poetry
Work Type
manuscript folio
mid 16th century
Creation Place: Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara
Shaybanid period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
folio: 13.5 x 26.4 cm (5 5/16 x 10 3/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet, formerly in the collection of Louis J. Cartier
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Annemarie Schimmel, "Poetry and Calligraphy: Thoughts about their Interrelation in Persian Culture", ed. Richard Ettinghausen, Westview Press, Inc. (Colorado, 1979), p. 200, fig 117

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), p. 116, no. 79-85

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 163, 237-238

David Roxburgh, The Persian Album, 1400 - 1600: from Dispersal to Collection, Yale University Press (New Haven, 2005), p 177/fig 96

Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity (London, Thames & Hudson, 2021)., pp. 294-295, no. 7

Exhibition History

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

Islamic Art: The Power of Pattern, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/23/1989 - 01/17/1990

Eyes to the East: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Art Given by Harvard Graduates, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/1990 - 11/25/1990

Calligraphy and the Arts of the Book, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/25/1993 - 01/30/1994

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

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/08/2017 - 04/19/2018

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