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Kufic Script Arranged to Represent a Sailing Ship

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Upper right corner of the page: basmalla. Body of ship is first half of Sura 41 verse 11. Second half of verse appears in upper left corner of page. To left of ship, in medallion: "sketch of the ark of our prophet Noah and upon him be peace" Along bottom of page: poem that discusses the transitory nature of life. At left, artist's signature.


By 1913, with Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1915, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 7, 1915)

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Ottoman, Ottoman, probably 19th century

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Height x Width: 36 x 50.5cm (14 3/16 x 19 7/8in.) Framed: 57.8 x 73 cm (22 3/4 x 28 3/4 in.)

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Ink on paper




Books and manuscripts