W.771, Album of Persian and Indian miniatures, calligraphy, and European engravings
This album (muraqqaʿ), in an accordion format, was presented as a gift in 1886 to its former owner. It contains twenty-five leaves of Persian and Indian paintings and calligraphies, photographs, and European prints. The pages range in date from the eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. The calligraphies, in nastaʿlīq and shikastah scripts, are signed by Bunyād al-Tabrīzī (dated 1045 AH / 1635-6 CE), Ibn Muḥammad Riz̤ā Muḥammad ʿAlī (dated 1151 AH / 1738-9 CE), and ʿAbd Allāh and Ḥakīm, who are possibly ʿAbd Allāh al-Ḥusaynī and Ḥakīm Rukna. The Persian paintings include Safavid, Zand, and Qajar examples. The Reception at the court of Shah 'Abbas I (fol. 50a) dates to the early eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE. There are standing portrait paintings and images of female sitters that belong to the late Zand and early Qajar periods. The Indian examples are Mughal, with one erotic scene that is attributable to the Deccan. The European prints include English portraiture and French religious prints based on Evangelicae historiae imagines (Antwerp, 1593) and Adnotationes et meditationes in Evangelia (Antwerp, 1594) by the Jesuit priest Jerome Nadal. In certain examples, scenes are labeled with the Armenian alphabet. The red leather leather binding with central lobed oval with floral motifs dates to the late thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE.
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