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

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This "hilye," or description of the Prophet Muhammad, was copied by Ottoman calligrapher Mehmed Tahir Efendi. It features 16 lines written in the thuluth and naskh scripts.

Calligrapher: Mehmed Tahir Efendi. Turkey. 19th century. 48 x 32.8 cm. Thuluth and naskh scripts. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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