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

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This superb document consists of a legally-binding marriage contract written in Persia (Iran) in 1804-1805. Like other Persian marriage contracts of the 19th century, the document is quite imposing (at almost a meter in height) and its goldwork indicative of the couple's wealth.

Calligrapher: unknown. Iran. 1804-1805 A.D. 30 (w) x 80 (h) cm. Ta'liq and various scripts. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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