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CAL 117
CAL 117

Calligraphic Composition in Découpage

CAL 117

Iran or India

16th century

CAL 117

Calligraphic Composition in Découpage

CAL 117

Iran or India

16th century

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

cut-out text and border panels executed in nasta‘liq script

23.9 x 13.8cm (main panel); 35 x 22.2 (page)

The text, a poem in Arabic, was cut-out from a sheet of pink paper which was then pasted down onto a sheet of pale blue paper, so the words appear in blue on a pink ground. The colophon, which is also in découpage, is in the lower triangle.

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.135, pp.195–6.