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The treatise of Kazi Ahmad Qumi concerning the origin of Qalam and creation of writing.
444 II
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The work of this kind, recounting the artistic life of medieval Iran, is extremely rare.

History of the Object
The manuscript book (risalah) by Kazi Ahmad Qumi contains diverse data on the development of calligraphy techniques, and norms of artistic writing. It also contains information about the Masters of Galam, who were calligraphers and artists. The text is written on heavyweight supercalendered paper of yellowish tinge with black ink in nasta’liq script noted for harmony of lines and delicacy of work. In the early 17th century an unknown Iranian artist adorned the manuscript with bright, almost page size miniatures depicting famous painters and their patrons. The miniatures not merely create a particular mood, but also contribute to the visualization of the text.

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Type
Book 
Materials
Paper, ink, water paints, gold. 
Measurements
Width 15 cm. Height 24,5 cm.  
Creator name
Kazi Ahmad Qumi 
Creator date
16th Century -17th Century 
Where it was made
Iran 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
16th Century - 17th Century; script: Year of Hegira 1005 (1596-1597). miniatures: Early 17th Century 
Function
Manuscript. 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Museum
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Credit line
The State Museum of Oriental Art 

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