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

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This large inscription states that sultan Abdulmecid I ("Sultan of the two continents and of the two seas") undertook the repair of a rain spout (made of pure gold) for the Kabba at Mecca.

Turkey. 19th century. 20.5 x 155 cm. Thuluth script. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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