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A SHORT CALLIGRAPHIC POEM

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A SHORT CALLIGRAPHIC POEM

SCHOOL OF HAFIZ 'UTHMAN, LATE 16TH/17TH CENTURY

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A SHORT CALLIGRAPHIC POEM SCHOOL OF HAFIZ 'UTHMAN, LATE 16TH/17TH CENTURY Arabic manuscript of near square format on silver-speckled paper, 6ff., written transversally to the page, the first folio with a large bismallah in black muhaqqaq script with text in very fine black naskh script, with gold foliage between, the following folios with text arranged in two columns between black-ruled gold frames, the last folio associated but contemporaneous, taken from a calligraphic exercises on the letters of the alphabet (mufradat), the last page signed Sulayman, in brown morocco binding stamped with cusped medallion of arabesques and gilt, the doublures of fine marbled paper with 'nightingale's nest' motifs Text panel 6 ¾ x 6in. (17 x 15.1cm.); folio 8 x 6 ¾in. (20.5 x 17.4cm.)
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The calligraphy master Dervish 'Ali signed a muraqqa' in square format relatively similar to the present piece in its construction. The work is dated to 1664 and now in the Sakip Sabanci Collection, Istanbul (M Ugur Derman, Letters in Gold, Ottoman Calligraphy from the Sakip Sabanci Collection, Istanbul, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Exhibition catalogue, New York, 1998, pp.64-65). The present work is probably earlier and very much in the style of naskh script developed by Hafiz 'Uthman. The last folio of our manuscript is taken from another work and added to the muraqqa'.

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