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

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This fragment contains what would have been the first page of an album of calligraphic alphabetical (mufraddat) exercises. The letters are written in a black nasta'liq script on a beige paper and surrounded by cloud bands executed in light blue and white ink.

Calligrapher: unknown. 19th century (?). 10.2 x 18.4 cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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