Calligraphy (Khosh naveesee), like all forms of art that was introduced into Persia following foreign conquests, was enhanced and developed into a high art form. It was practised not only by professional calligraphers, but also by princes and noblemen. Under the Timurids and the Safavids, calligraphy experienced perhaps its most brilliant development. It was regarded as an expression of man's spiritual state; for 'purity of writing proceeds from purity of heart' (Sultan Ali Mashhadi); therefore the calligrapher had to undergo observances similar to those of the holy person. In addition, the subject matter had to be of sufficiently noble content.

As recently as the 1960s, calligraphy was regularly taught in Iranian schools, using bamboo sticks to create intricate designs. The art was no longer practised after this period. Mr. Gholam Hossien Amirkhani, who designed the prints shown below, is among the last of his generation to maintain this intricate art form. This print is part of a limited edition series; only about 2000 were printed, and they are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

This series was designed to commemorate the 9th birth centenary of the famous Persian poet and philosopher Nizami Ganjavi, author of the Khamseh, a series of epic poems which certainly deserve recognition as great literary achievements along with Ferdowsi's Shahnameh.   

These prints measure 15.75"  x 11.5"  (40 cm x 30 cm), including a light green border around each print (partially shown). They look especially attractive when matted and framed. 

Click on a picture to view the larger image. Only one copy of each print left!

Item No. AN8  Q1 $35.00

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