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Near East Collection: Samples of Arabic and Persian Calligraphy

Samples of Arabic and Persian Calligraphy

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A Koranic fragment (probably from Iraq or Iran) copied in Kufic script on vellum, dating from the 9th century A.D. Black ink is used for the letters and other colors for vowels. This fragment begins with the end of verse 193 to the middle of verse 205: chapter 26 (The Poets).

Martin Lings, The Quranic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination (London: World of Islam Festival Trust, 1976), plate 1