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

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The lion figure is formed from invocations to Ali. Invocations to Ali are a feature of Sunni as well as Shi'i piety.

Turkey. 1913 A.D. 26.5 x 38.8 cm. Thuluth script. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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