Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy. From the book The Calligrapher’s Garden by Hassan Massoudy and Venetia Porter.

The 15th century Persian prince Baysunqur ibn Shahrukh, famous as a bibliophile, is probably the calligrapher of a large format Qur'an whose leaves measure 177 centimetres (5'10'') in height. This page, in a large 'muhaqqaq' hand, shows three verses of Sura Al-Ankabut (The Spider). The physical control and stamina required to write the entire text of the Qur'an on this scale and with such perfection must have been remarkable.

This page, in a large 'muhaqqaq' hand, shows three verses of Sura Al-Ankabut (The Spider).

A composition from the 18th or 19th century India and now in a Riyadh collection, heavily stylized Kufic lettering is formed into a shape like a Mihrab or prayer niche. The four central panels contain part of Sura Al-Qalam (The Pen) of the Qur'an.

A composition from the or century India and now in a Riyadh collection, heavily stylized Kufic lettering is formed into a shape like a Mihrab or prayer niche. The four central panels contain part of Sura Al-Qalam (The Pen) of the Qur’an.

Sadequain's (a self made, self taught artist) calligraphy at Lahore Museum, Pakistan.

Sadequain’s calligraphy at Lahore Museum.Sadequain is considered by many to be the Icon of Pakistani artists.

This page in vigorous Maghribi hand, is from a Qur'an probably copied in the 13th century in the Muslim Kingdom of Grenada, the last bastion of Islam in Spain. It shows the end of Sura Yunus (The Prophet Jonah) and the beginning of Sura Hud (The Prophet Hud) separated by an illuminated chapter heading in Andalusian Kufic.

This page in vigorous Maghribi hand, is from a Qur'an probably copied in the century in the Muslim Kingdom of Grenada, the last bastion of Islam in Spain. It shows the end of Sura Yunus (The Prophet Jonah) and the beginning of Sura Hud (The Prophet Hud)

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