Page of Muraqqa‘at

ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; stencilled margins; mounted on card

written in thulth, rayhan, muhaqqaq, naskh, riqa‘ and nasta‘liq scripts

38 x 28cm

This page contains examples of six scripts. In the top panel is the basmalah written in thulth. The central panel below it contains four lines in naskh in praise of the Prophet Muhammad which introduce a hadith written in muhaqqaq script in the line below. The side panels contain a saying of ‘Ali, written diagonally in rayhan. The prayer in the penultimate panel is in riqa‘. The last panel has four lines of Persian text surrounded by the colophon, both of which are in nasta‘liq.

N.F. Safwat, The Art of the Pen. Calligraphy of the 14th to 20th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume V, London 1996, cat.48, pp.100–101.