Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Browse: 177 objects

Reference URL

Actions

Send e-mail

Contact us about this object

Send e-mail

Send to a friend

Découpage with Persian calligraphy

  • loan
  • Description

    This type of découpé and appliqué paper design originated in Persia and Turkey. The calligraphic text is an Arabic quatrain in nastaliq script. It is addressed to Qanbar, the slave of the Imam Ali (son-in-law of the Prophet) who was put to death by the tyrant al-Hajjaj because of his loyalty to his master. In the background is a spiralling double scroll motif with floral offshoots.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiasouth IndiaKarnataka Bijapur (probable place of creation)
    Date
    1630 - 1640
    Artist/maker
    ‘Ali (active c. 1630 - 1640) (artist)
    Material and technique
    gouache on black paper, with white découpage
    Dimensions
    frame 46.1 x 34.7 x 2.2 cm (height x width x depth)
    mount 42.5 x 32 cm (height x width)
    calligraphy 20 x 10 cm (height x width)
    Material index
    Technique index
    cut
    Object type index
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
    Accession no.
    LI118.99
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 42 on p. 106, illus. p. 107

Glossary

Imam

  • Imam

    (from the Arabic) Leader of prayers in congregational mosques. In Shi'a Islam, imams are infalliable spiritual guides and divinely appointed successors of the prophet Muhammad.

Past Exhibition

see (1)

Location

    • currently in research collection

Objects are sometimes moved to a different location. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis. Contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular object on display, or would like to arrange an appointment to see an object in our reserve collections.

 

© 2013 University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum