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This calligraphic fragment includes parts of verses 190-191 of the 3rd chapter of the Koran entitled surah al 'Imran (the Family of 'Imran). The text is executed in a crisp and fully vocalized (vowelled) muhaqqaq script on a light beige paper, and may have been executed in Persia or Central Asia during the early 15th century.

Calligrapher: unknown. 15th century. 35 x 16 cm. Muhaqqaq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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