gold, on black-coated board
written in thulth script
20 x 33.6cm
‘Interwoven’ inscriptions became increasingly popular in Ottoman Turkey in the 19th century, although earlier examples are known, particularly in architectural decoration. Here, the words are alternately written in two tones of gold, with many letters shared between words.
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.108, pp.172–3.