Proverb in Nasta'liq Script

Calligraphy by Ali Riza Khan, Indian

Geography:
Made in India, Asia

Date:
1850

Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions:
Image: 7 × 11 1/8 inches (17.8 × 28.3 cm) Sheet: 10 7/8 × 15 1/16 inches (27.6 × 38.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1878-196

Credit Line:
The India Collection: Gift of the British Government, 1878

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In this proverb, written in Arabic, greed is condemned and conquest is lauded. As Iran converted to Islam in the seventh century, the Arabic alphabet replaced the older Persian alphabet, but the Persian language retained its grammatical forms. In India, Persian was often used when composing poetry or documenting government affairs, while Arabic was the language of religion.