folio 49, recto Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Folio 49 from an Album of Artsts' Drawings from Qajar Iran: Lovers discovered (recto); Two hands of Fatima (verso)
Work Type
album folio
Mid-19th century
Qajar period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Graphite on beige wove paper (recto); Top: relief print with watercolor and gold on tan wove tracing paper (verso); Bottom: rawhide, handcut (verso)
Folio: 32.5 x 22 cm
Recto: sheet: 18 x 10.7 cm
Verso: sheet at top: 12 x 8.2 cm; sheet at bottom: 15 x 11.5 cm
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Verso: inscription: date: non-English: 1310 Hijri = 1892 C.E.
    Thumb: tip: Bismillah (In the name of God)
    Thumb: lower: Al-Rahman al-Rahim (the most merciful, the most beneficent)
    Forefinger: lower (proximal phalanx): Allahumma yā hudā[?] (O God, Ya shad-)
    Forefinger: middle: īd al-ṭams, yā
    Forefinger: top: Khāliq al-qamar wa [the Creator of the moon]
    Middle finger: lower: al-shams, as’aluka (the sun, I ask You)
    Middle finger: middle: bi-ḥaqq ashbāḥ (by the right/sake of the five)
    Middle finger: top: al-khams, an takfaynī [“ā” instead?] (souls, truly you are protecting me from)
    Ring finger: lower: sharr hādhā ‘l-yawm (the evil of this day)
    Ring finger: middle: kamā kafaytanī sharr (just as you protected? from the evil
    Ring finger: top: al-ams _________[?] (of tomorrow)
    Pinky finger: lower: bi-ḥaqq Muhammadin wa ʿAlīyyin wa (by the right of Muḥammad and ʿAlī)
    Pinky finger: middle: Fatimata (Fatima)
    Pinky finger: top: wa al-Ḥasan (and Ḥasan)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

David Roxburgh, ed., An Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), pp. 17, 21, 26, 45-46, 48, 78, fig. 1; pp. 80-81, 115; folios 49a-b

David Roxburgh and Mary McWilliams, ed., Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), pp. 138-139, cat. 20

Exhibition History

Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/26/2017 - 01/07/2018

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