Iran or India
ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; mounted on card
cut-out text and border panels executed in nasta‘liq script
23.9 x 13.8cm (main panel); 35 x 22.2 (page)
The text, a poem in Arabic, was cut-out from a sheet of pink paper which was then pasted down onto a sheet of pale blue paper, so the words appear in blue on a pink ground. The colophon, which is also in découpage, is in the lower triangle.
N.F. Safwat, The Art of the Pen. Calligraphy of the 14th to 20th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume V, London 1996, cat.135, pp.195–6.