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The chapter headings executed in thuluth script in white ink on a gold and blue ground decorated with flower vines, as well as the marginal ornaments, are typical of Korans produced in Safavid Iran during the 16th century.

Calligrapher: unknown. Iran. 16th century. 11.7 x 20.8 cm. Naskh and thuluth scripts. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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