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This calligraphic fragment includes an exercise in nasta'liq script that consists in combining letters (mufraddat) in various formations. This particular fragment bears witness to the practice of mufraddat exercises in nasta'liq script that seems to have existed among calligraphers active in 18th-century India.

Calligrapher: unknown. India. 18th century. 40.6 x 19.7 cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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