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The central poem is signed by Ali, also known as Mir Ali al-Husayni (d. 1556), one of the most celebrated Persian masters of the nasta`liq script. It reads,

    In the ancient wayward inn,
    How ignorant have human beings remained.
    Though they spend a life in wealth and affluence, They do not appreciate it until they come to grief.

Folio of Calligraphy
Signed by Ali (d. 1556)
Iran or Afghanistan, mid-15th century
Borders, India, ca. 1640–50
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
36.9 x 25.3 cm
Purchase – Smithsonian Unrestricted Funds, Smithsonian Collections
Acquistion Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler S1986.94

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