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Triumph of Form over Content

The abstraction of Islamic calligraphic script occurred well before the advent of twentieth- century Western modernism. For centuries, calligraphers and artists have straddled the boundary between text and image, revealing their inextricable intertwinement. The calligram in which letters, words and phrases are shaped into forms ranging from animals and humans …

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Permanent exhibit

A Painted Mughal Scene on Ivory Depicting a royal parade with elephants, horses, and flags. A large white castle stands in the background. India 13th c.  AH/19thc.  AD Blue and White Painted Mihrab Tiles Decorated with inscriptions of Qur’anic verses in thuluth script. Turkey- Kotahia 13thc.  AH/19th c.  AD A …

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