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  • Calligraphy page, 1714; Safavid
    Iran
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 9 x 5 in. (22.9 x 12.7 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1962 (62.152.14)

    The unsurpassed master of naskhi calligraphy in the late Safavid period was Ahmad Nairizi. Naskhi style in Iran was rounded and almost perfectly upright, and counterbalanced the more common and cursive "hanging" style called nastacliq. This excellent page containing prayers in Arabic copied in blue and set against a tan brown background can be credited to Nairizi's pen. The subtle decoration consists of leafy bands between each line and a double frame in bright orange and green.

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  • Calligraphy page, 1714; Safavid
    Iran
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 9 x 5 in. (22.9 x 12.7 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1962 (62.152.14)

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