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

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Korans written in the bihari script such as this one have mostly been attributed to 15th century India. The letters' exaggerated swoops give the impression of sailing boats. The outer border contains a Persian translation of the text in naskh script, in a zig-zag layout.

India. 15th century. 32.2 x 23 cm. Bihari and naskh scripts. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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