Calligraphy Qalam: An Introduction to Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Calligraphy uses interactive tools to interest new audiences in the traditional art forms of Arabic, Ottoman and Persian calligraphy.

A tool like this was used to burnish color pigments or gold leaf used in calligraphy. This burnisher is made out of carnelian, brass, rosewood.

Turkey. 19th century. 10.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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