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

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These roundels were designed as models for architectural inscriptions to decorate the sides of a dome; they bear the names of God, Muhammad, Abu Bakr, 'Umar, 'Uthman and 'Ali, all with the customary pious invocations.

Turkey. 19th century. Diameter: 25.5 cm. Thuluth script. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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