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

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This calligraphic panel includes three iambic pentameter quatrains, or ruba'is, on beige or blue papers cut out and pasted onto a sheet from an album (muraqqa') of calligraphies.

Calligrapher: unknown. Uzbekistan. 16th century. 14.1 x 24.5 cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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