Persian script with scrolling vines and animal heads

Safavid Period
probably second half of the 16th century

Object Place: Iran


13.5 x 9.0 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper

Not On View




Books and manuscripts

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)

[1] 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).

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund