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This calligraphic fragment includes an iambic pentameter quatrain, or ruba'i, on the need for endurance. The verses are written diagonally in nasta'liq script in white ink on a light brown paper.

Calligrapher: Muhammad Muhsin Lahuri. Pakistan. 18th century. 10.3 x 20.5 cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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