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Illuminated Calligraphy

AN ILLUMINATED ALBUM PAGE OF CALLIGRAPHY

AN ILLUMINATED ALBUM PAGE OF CALLIGRAPHY: SURAT AL-FATIHA, BY GHOLAM REZA, PERSIA, QAJAR, DATED A.H. 1284/ A.D. 1867

Ink, gouache and gold on paper, 6 lines of fine nasta’liq script in black ink within cloud bands filled with interlacing vines, and interspersed with
polychrome flowers, headpiece with panels of coloured and gold foliate cartouches, signed lower left, laid down on an album page with coloured
scrolling borders, ruled in blue, red and gold.


AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL SIGNED BY SALIH RUSHDI

AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL SIGNED BY SALIH RUSHDI, DATED A.H. 1256/A.D. 1840, AND PRAYER BOOK, TURKEY, 19TH CENTURY

Arabic manuscript on paper, 12 lines to the page written horizontally and diagonally in cartouches and cloud bands against grounds of blue and gold with floral decoration, ruled in gold with a wide blue outer margin; the prayer book with 89 leaves, 13 lines to the page written in black naskhi script, 3 illuminated headpieces in blue and gold, illustrations of Mecca and Medina heightened with gold, in leather binding with gilt floral decoration.


A CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL BY HAFIZ OTHMAN, TURKEY

A CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL BY HAFIZ OTHMAN, TURKEY, DATED A.H. 1093/A.D. 1681 AND A DECORATIVE STUDY IN THE FORM OF A TUGHRA, TURKEY, 19TH CENTURY

 Arabic manuscript on paper heightened with gold, 5 lines of text written in naskhi script in black ink on cream paper, two side panels decorated with gold flowers and use of blue, signed and dated in the left panel, scrolling floral borders ruled in gold; the larger with tughra design in gold on stout paper interspersed with blue leafy scrolling flowers. 


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