Page of Calligraphy in Ornamental Style

Malik Muhammad Qazvini Iranian

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This bold and ornate sample of calligraphy invokes blessings on the Prophet Muhammad ("Peace be upon you, Oh Muhammad, servant of God"), placing the words of the upper line between the tall vertical shafts of the lower line. The calligrapher, Malik Muhammad Qazvini, penned this piece for an honored friend, Mirza Musa. The style is a nineteenth-century adaptation of medieval floriated kufic, in which floral terminals and dotted outlines embellish each letter. An inscription in three parts under the main panel in shikasta script contains the artist’s name and a date of A.H. 1285/A.D. 1868–69.

Page of Calligraphy in Ornamental Style, Malik Muhammad Qazvini (Iranian, 1800–1899), Ink on paper

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