Leaf of Calligraphy

17th century, India; Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; 29.8 x 19.1 cm

Inscription: (Translated by Annemarie Schimmel, May 1987). – Recto: ’ You wrote a description of your state, and a few have passed. Where is my close friend that I can send you a few messages? We shall not be able to reach to that high goal Unless your kindness puts forward a few steps (i.e. draws nearer). Since the wine came from the vat to the bottle and the rose put on a veil (i.e. autumn has begun) Look for an occasion to enjoy cheerful life and drink a few cups Sugar mixed with roses is not the medicine for my heart. Mix a few kisses with a few words of blame!’ – Verso, Written in the same hand, the last four verses of a ghazal by Hafiz.

Source: metmuseum.org


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