Verses of poetry in Nastaliq calligraphy in praise of Imam Ali

Scope and Content

Verses of poetry [in Nastaliq script] in praise of Imam Ali and longing to see the beloved (perhaps the Mahdi). Illuminated with gold and blue, red and pink floral designs. Signed: Mohammad Hashim. [The Mahdi is the prophesied redeemer of Islam who will rule for seven, nine or nineteen years- (according to various interpretations) before the Day of Judgment (yawm al-qiyamah / literally, the Day of Resurrection) and will rid the world of evil]. Painted on paper (gold and blue, red and pink floral designs). 1 sheet. Dimension: 430 x 285 cm

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Removed from wooden frame (painted gold) by SOAS Brunei Gallery staff before transfer to SOAS Library

Archivist's Note

Descriptive text from former entry on SOAS Brunei Gallery catalogue


Custodial History

Following its donation to SOAS by the Fereydoun Djam Charitable Trust in 2011, this item was held in the SOAS Brunei Gallery art collection between 2011-2015 [Reference: SOASAW 2011.0245.01]