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A Mirror of Gathered Seaweed (Mokagami) Calligraphy Album

Albums of exemplary calligraphy specimens, referred to as tekagami, or “mirrors of the hand,” demonstrate the high esteem in which the art of brush writing has been held in Japan, as in East Asia more generally... more

Daishōjin Bosatsu, from “Album of Buddhist Deities from the Diamond World and Womb World Mandalas” (“Kontai butsugajō”)

A serene bodhisattva, or compassionate Buddhist deity, wearing an elaborate golden crown sits on a large lotus pedestal. The rainbow of colors on the body, garments, and halo are remarkably preserved from the t... more

Album with Twelve Engravings of The Passion, a Woodcut of Christ as the Man of Sorrows, and a Metalcut of St. Jerome in Penitence

This fascinating album provides vivid testimony to the way in which prints were used in the fifteenth century. Twelve outstanding early impressions of Israhel van Meckenem’s engravings of the Passion are interl... more

Album of Calligraphies Including Poetry and Prophetic Traditions (Hadith)

This album contains samples written by Shaykh Hamdullah, the most famous Ottoman calligrapher. The text comes from the Hadith, the compilation of the Prophet Muhammad's words and deeds that is an important sour... more

recto: "Portrait of Raja Suraj Singh Rathor", verso: Page of Calligraphy. Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

verso: This panel of calligraphy conforms closely to the type probably established by the celebrated calligrapher Sultan 'Ali about forty or fifty years earlier. The border illumination is signed by the artist ... more

"Portrait of Rup Singh", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

The subject of this painting, Rup Singh, son of Ram Chand (not Rai Chanda, as per Jahangir's inscription), was one of the officials at the court of Shah Jahan. The portrait is surrounded by verse fragments from... more

recto: "Portrait of Prince Danyal", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

verso: This richly illuminated folio of calligraphy features the work of the preeminent Timurid calligrapher, Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi. Patronized by the Timurid court, Mashhadi was a poet and a recognized master o... more

"Dervish With a Lion", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Persian Inscription (in lower border, in Shah Jahan’s hand): "Work of Padarath"During the reigns of Jahangir and Shah Jahan, devotees were favorably received, and often indulged, at court. The dervish depicted ... more

"Jahangir and His Vizier, I'timad al-Daula", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Attributed to Manohar (active ca. 1582–1624) Attributed to India