Calligraphy Qalam: An Introduction to Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Calligraphy

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From at least the ninth century onward, volumes of the Koran were embellished with designs in color and gold. The folio on the left marks the beginning of chapter 35, titled al-Sabah (the angels).

Possibly Iran. 10th century. 12.2 x 16 cm. Eastern kufic script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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