Persian script with scrolling vines and animal heads
probably second half of the 16th century
Object Place: Iran
13.5 x 9.0 cm
Medium or Technique
Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper
Not On View
Fragmentary page containing human and animal heads within vines (waq waq motif) and a line of Persian poetry in a cartouche.
Ai sar-i to, dar sine-yi har sahib raz.
Translation: "Oh, head of thine, in every mean's heart is a mystery."
By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914)
 Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund