Asian Art

Poem in Shikasta script


Ink, color, and gold on paper

image: 6 7/8 × 4 1/2 in. (17.5 × 11.4 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
The signature on the page indicates that the calligrapher copied this poem in the city of Isfahan at the request of his friend. Royal workshops were not the only setting in which artists created art; social contexts outside of the workshop networks were also venues for artistic production. Gold was later applied around the letters, which demonstrates that the owner valued this piece of calligraphy.
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Zand dynasty (1751–94)
Works on Paper - Manuscripts

Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., by 2001; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001


Kishwar Rizvi, “Islamic Art at the Yale University Art Gallery,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 101, fig. 14.

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