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Inscribed along the widest part of this bottle in thuluth script is the Arabic phrase, "Glory to our master, the sultan, al-Malik, al-Mujahid, the wise, the just."

Syria. Mid-14th century. 47.9 x 24.8 cm. Thuluth script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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