An illuminated calligrapher's diploma (ijazet), signed by Husain Rashid Effendi, and witnessed by Ibrahim Salem, Mustafa Rasekh and Muhammad Zuhni
Ottoman Turkey, dated twice AH 1254/AD 1838-39
Arabic manuscript on paper laid down on card, text written in one line of thuluth script in black ink within a cartouche on a light green ground, above two lines of smaller naskhi script on the same ground and within gold cloudbands, flanked by stylised floral vases, three cartouches below this with calligraphers' details, all within a rectangular panel richly decorated with stylised floral motifs and serrated leaves in colours and gold, ruled margins and outer border in colours and gold.
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