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This calligraphic panel is executed in black (Indian) naskh on a pink paper decorated with gold cloud motifs and pasted to a light blue backing. The poem wishes a ruler (nicknamed the "Star of the Constellation of Destiny") everlasting good fortune and the fulfillment of promises on the occasion of New Year's (Noruz).

Calligrapher: Muhammad Bakhsh. India. 1796-1797 A.D. 10.2 x 18.2 cm. Naskh script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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