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The Martyrdom of Saint Clement I, Pope

This sheet constitutes a study, with several variations, for a fresco painted by Agostino Ciampelli in 1596-1597 on one of the end walls of the Canon's Sacristy in San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, on the commiss... more

Three Poems from the “Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern” (Kokin wakashū), known as the “Araki Fragment” (Araki-gire)

Calligraphy traditionally attributed to Fujiwara no Yukinari (Kōzei) (Japanese, 972–1027) late Heian period (ca. 900–1185)

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Leaf from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

A Mirror of Gathered Seaweed (Mokagami) Calligraphy Album

Albums of exemplary calligraphy specimens, referred to as tekagami, or “mirrors of the hand,” demonstrate the high esteem in which the art of brush writing has been held in Japan, as in East Asia more generally... more

Talismanic Scroll

Attributed to Egypt

Paper Cut-Out

Made in Egypt

Folio from a Quran Manuscript

Made in Eastern Islamic Lands

Paper Cut-Out

Made in Egypt

Paper Cut-Out

Made in Egypt

Page of Calligraphy

Made in Egypt

Folio from a Quran Manuscript

This folio, copied in floriated "new style" script, exhibits a striking balance of rigorous discipline and exuberant imagination. The fourth line of text is much larger than the rest and its vertical letters en... more

"Hare", Folio from the Mantiq al-wahsh (Speech of the Wild Animal) of Ka'b al-Ahbar

This page from a zoological manuscript contains lines of text and two drawings of wild animals, a lion (recto) and a hare (verso). Although fragmentary pages with drawings are not uncommon from the Fatimid peri... more

Excerpts from Bai Juyi's "Biography of a Master of Drunken Poetry" (Suigin sensei den)

Comprising just four columns of Chinese calligraphy removed from a long handscroll, this precious fragment of early eleventh-century calligraphy has been mounted as a hanging scroll. It was brushed by the celeb... more

Folio from a Quran Manuscript

The manuscript to which this page once belonged, copied in floriated "new style" script, exhibits a striking balance of rigorous discipline and exuberant imagination. The calligrapher pushes the boundaries of t... more

End Paper

Made in Egypt

Scroll of Mudras

This handscroll depicts hand gestures known as mudras in Sanskrit, the Indian language in which many early Esoteric Buddhist texts were written. In Japan, the gestures are called insō, the Japanese term for a C... more

Talismanic Scroll

Attributed to Egypt

Folio from a Quran Manuscript

This folio from a Qur’an is written on paper in black new style script, with vocalizations in red, diacritical marks in gold, and other orthographical signs in blue and black. The golden medallions are verse ma... more

Talismanic Scroll

Centuries before block printing was introduced in Europe, the technique was used in the Islamic world to produce miniature texts consisting of prayers, incantations, and Qur'anic verses that were kept in amulet... more

Talismanic Scroll

Talismanic scroll in block-print was rolled and stored in an amulet box Made in Egypt

Talismanic Scroll

Attributed to Egypt

Folio from a Quran Manuscript

Made in probably Egypt

Samyutagama Sutra, chapter 25

Sutra writing developed its own distinctive tradition of regular script in which individual characters retained the squat, fleshy proportions and compact strokes of early clerical script. In this scroll, compri... more

Scroll of Mudras

This handscroll depicts hand gestures known as mudras in Sanskrit, the Indian language in which many early Esoteric Buddhist texts were written. In Japan the gestures are called insō, the Japanese term for a Ch... more

Talismanic Scroll

Centuries before block-printing was introduced in Europe, the technique was used in the Islamic world to produce miniature texts consisting of prayers, incantations, and Qur’anic verses. These were kept in amul... more

Fragment from a Talismanic Scroll

Only the upper left corner of this page has survived. The text, which includes a passage reading "the heart of the one who wears it," together with the evidence of folds on the paper point to its original use a... more

Manuscript

Found Egypt

Talismanic Scroll

Attributed to Egypt

Talismanic Scroll

Attributed to Egypt

Scroll of Deities of the Diamond World Mandala

This iconographic handscroll features representations of the thirty-seven principal Buddhist deities from the Diamond World Mandala, along with auxiliary deities, amounting to a total of forty-nine deities. Acc... more

Folio from a Quran Manuscript

These two pages almost certainly come from a dispersed Qur'an dated A.H. 485/A.D. 1092 in "new style" script. This script was used mainly in the eastern Islamic lands after paper replaced parchment as writing m... more

Folio from a Quran Manuscript

This page almost certainly comes from a dispersed Qur'an dated A.H. 485/A.D. 1092 in "new style" script. This script was used mainly in the eastern Islamic lands after paper replaced parchment as writing materi... more

Biographies of Lian Po and Lin Xiangru

Poet, calligrapher, and Chan (Zen) Buddhist adept, Huang Tingjian believed that calligraphy should be spontaneous and self-expressive—“a picture of the mind.” Containing nearly twelve hundred characters, this h... more