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ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY ON GOAT SKINS

Medium               :   Goat skins – 2

Dates     :   2nd century BC to 4th century AD

Dimensions         :   i. Length 12.5inches Breadth 18inches Weight 36g

ii. Length 12.5inches Breadth 18inches Weight 54g

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The artistic practice of hand-writing based on the alphabet in the lands sharing a common Islamic cultural heritage.  This ancient Islamic calligraphy is only for phrases, it is not directly related  to its non-figural tradition, rather it reflects the centrality of the notion of writing. The first thing God created was pen.  The traditional instrument of the Islamic calligrapher is the qualam,  a pen, normally made of dried reed or bamboo, the size of the letters depends on the width of the nib. Thus the pen is the most vital element in the aesthetic quality of calligraphy.  The palette in calligraphy is generally black lines produced with lamp black ink. Soot, the main ingredient of lampblack ink is got by burning linseed oil, beeswax, naphtha or  kerosene.  Gum Arabic is added to bind the paper so that ink never fades. Muslims used this script, which is the script between Nabatean and the Arabic period,  on parchment with golden paint with intricate designs and share a common Islamic cultural heritage, which includes Aramaic Arabic Calligraphy, Ottoman and Persian calligraphy.  This theory of proportion based on three sets of measurements the dots, alif and circle.  This is the rarest of rare calligraphy from the 2nd century BC to the 4th century AD and produced during the Nabataean kingdom.