Mirza Mohammad Shafi a.k.a
Wesaal Shirazi was born around 1700s in Shiraz, Iran.
He was a poet, calligrapher
and musician. He was not happy about his poetry since he sold his
poetic praises to affluent leaders of his time. He suffered from lack
of funds for an expensive household and many children he had, therefore
he succumbed to write praises. However, he did not write trashy praises
mostly they are fine pieces of literature filled with wisdom and
spirituality. His main vice was boasting about himself in some of his
poetry, which I do not really think that big a deal but the
contemporary Iranian scholars considered it important.
He has described his poetic
work like a peacock, beautiful bird with ugliest feet. This is a Farsi
phrase indicating tainted beauty by his vices.
His calligraphy has endured to
this date in museums in Iran and he is still considered one of the top
calligraphers of Iran. In this page I am including some scans of his
art as well as his son’s portrait of Wesaal.
I admire his work; it is the
epic of clarity and conciseness. Although poetry itself is an ambiguous
langue; Wesaal’s work makes difficult Sufi concepts clear with
unbelievably ambiguous language.
I have decided to make
calligraphy the artwork for pages.
(One-ness of God)
Background: Portrait of Wesaal by his own son. A