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These verses are written in nasta'liq script using white, light blue, red, and yellow ink on a blue paper. Colored inks add variety to the composition and are found in a number of calligraphies produced during the 16th century.

Calligrapher: unknown. Iran. 16th century. 10.5 (w) x 21.8 (h) cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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