Manuscript/Mixed Material The sound of insanity
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- The sound of insanity
- Munshi Ram
Created / Published
- 18th century
- - Calligraphy, Arabic
- - Calligraphy, Persian
- - Manuscripts, Persian--Washington (D.C.)
- - India--West Bengal
- - Arabic script calligraphy
- - Illuminated Islamic manuscripts
- - Islamic calligraphy
- - Islamic manuscripts
- - Nasta'liq
- - Four verses of poetry in Persian describing the simple mark and sound of insanity, written by calligrapher Munshi Ram, from West Bengal India in the Nasta'liq script.
- - Another specimen signed by Munshi Ram is held in the collections of the Library of Congress (1-04-713.19.55). Judging from both specimens, he seems to have been an 18th-century calligrapher who preferred writing verses in nasta'liq script using white ink on red backgrounds.
- - Dimensions of Written Surface: 10 (w) x 18.1 (h) cm
- - I and the chain that / Were walking and lamenting together / (that is what) causes the separation between craziness / and enjoyment and wisdom.
- - In the lower right corner appears the calligrapher's signature: "katabahu al-'abd al-haqar al-anam" (written by the servant, the most humble of mortals), Munshi Ram. This calligrapher may be identified as Munshi Ram (1737-90), a writer specializing in Arabic and Persian who was active in Radhanagar, West Bengal (India).
- - Man u zanjir ka / Hamnala bi-rah aftadim / Dasht divana juda / Shurash u farzana juda
- - The text is written in nasta'liq script in white ink on a red ground. The lines of text are separated by green or blue bands decorated with flower and vine motifs painted in gold.
- - This calligraphic fragment includes four verses of poetry in Persian describing the simple mark and sound of insanity (i.e., the chain). The verses read:
- - Script: nasta'liq
- - 1-04-713.19.54
- 1 volume ; 24 (w) x 36.2 (h) cm
- Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
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Credit Line: Library of Congress, African and Middle East Division, Near East Section Persian Manuscript Collection
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