- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Folio with ownership notes; text (notes recto, text verso of folio 3), from a manuscript of the Munsha’at by Sharaf Munshi
- Other Titles
- Series/Book Title: Manuscript of the Munsha’at (Letters) by Sharaf Munshi
- Work Type
- manuscript folio
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
- Timurid period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Ink, colors, and gold on paper
- 16 x 25.5 cm
- Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, Geneva, Switzerland (by 2014), by descent; to her son Abolala Soudavar, Houston, Texas (2014), loan; to Harvard Art Museums, 2015.
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar (1913-2014) formed this collection over a period of sixty years. She purchased the works of art on the international art market.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Loan from A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- The text is copied in ta‘liq script, arranged in six horizontal lines and three diagonal ones at the bottom, on each page.
The frontispiece is decorated with floral and cloud bands in gold, light blue and dark red, which were added to the text later.
The text on f. 3v, also in taliq but probably contemporary with the illuminations, is in a different ink and on different paper, stating that this manuscript of 31 folios contains the letters of Afzal al-Din Munshi with the pen name Sharaf, a contemporary of Sultan Husayn Bayqara, and is written in the hand the master of calligraphy Khwaja Ikhtiyar al-Din Munshi. Each of the folios is a precious piece on its own right and could serve as a model for calligraphy masters.
The final folio gives the date 896/1486 and carries the same type of illuminations. The manuscript is rebound later in a red velvet binding adorned with stamped pendants, centre and corner pieces in a frame. The doublures are plain white paper.
An acquisition note on f. 1r states that the manuscript entered the library of Lutf ‘Ali b. Muhammad Kazim in Safar 1313/July-August 1895. He was known as Sadr al-Afazil Nasiri Amini (1852-1931) and was a scholar, a poet and owner of a large collection of precious manuscripts.
- Related Works
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