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

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The calligraphic panels are arranged in matching pairs with identical illumination, mounted on double-page spreads. The work in this album was done by Indian scribes active during the reign of the Mughal emperor Awrangzeb.

India. Late 17th century. 32 x 40.5 cm. Naskh, thuluth and riqa' scripts. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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