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This calligraphic fragment includes six lines of script written right-side-up and up-side-down in thuluth script. These husbandly recommendations seek to promote goodness and piety in a woman who is also a mother. The saying belongs to the broader category of advice (nasihat) in Arabic moral literature.

Calligrapher: 'Abdallah (Lahuri). Pakistan(?). 18th century. 18.4 x 17.6 cm. Thuluth script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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