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The text is executed in black ta'liq typical of the 18th and 19th centuries, while the theme of its text suggests an Indian Shi'i milieu. Written diagonally on a cream-colored paper, the text panel is framed by a dark green border outlined in red and mounted to a cardboard for strengthening.

Calligrapher: unknown. India. 18th-19th centuries. 15.1 x 22.7 cm. Indian ta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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