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This calligraphic fragment includes two unrelated bayts (verses) of poetry in Persian. The verses are executed in black nasta'liq script in diagonal on a beige sheet of paper. Although Sultan Hafiz Muhammad is not clearly identifiable, the calligrapher who executed this fragment was certainly a Safavid master of nasta'liq script.

Calligrapher: Sultan Hafiz Muhammad 'Ali (attr.). Iran. 1597-1598 A.D. 7.5 (w) x 16.2 (h) cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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