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How to Read Islamic Calligraphy
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Maryam D Ekhtiar
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How to Read Islamic Calligraphy

Maryam D Ekhtiar


9781588396303

Metropolitan Museum of Ar


Art & Architecture;
History of Art & Design Styles;
Exhibition catalogues & specific collections;
Lettering & calligraphy


Paperback

156 pages

$44.99
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An accessible introduction to the quintessential art form of the Islamic world How to Read Islamic Calligraphy explores the preeminence of the written word as a means of creative expression throughout the Islamic world. Aimed at a general audience, the book introduces all five major Islamic calligraphic script types, demonstrates their distinctive visual characteristics, and explains the various contexts in which each one came to be used, whether for transcribing the Qur'an, composing poetry, or issuing written edicts from the sultan's court. Numerous examples illustrate how the transmission of these styles and techniques from master to pupil was fundamental to the flourishing of Islamic calligraphy, and handwriting models from as early as the 10th century continue to inspire students of calligraphy today.

Superbly illustrated, the works discussed include manuscripts, glass, metalware, and ceramic tiles. This accessible and engaging book traces the progression of calligraphic styles over centuries and across geographical regions, affirming the spectacular range of creative possibilities afforded by this unique art form.

By:   Maryam D Ekhtiar
Imprint:   Metropolitan Museum of Ar
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 267mm,  Width: 203mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   1.600kg
ISBN:   9781588396303
ISBN 10:   1588396304
Pages:   156
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Maryam Ekhtiar is associate curator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


An accessible introduction to the quintessential art form of the Islamic world, the book explores the preeminence of the written word as a means of creative expression throughout the Islamic world. - Asian Art Newspaper

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