Calligraphic panel

This stone fragment contains a deeply carved single line of cursive calligraphy. The text is from Surat al-Anam (chapter of the Cattle) in the Qur'an. This particular fragment might possibly come from a religious building. The verses talk about the punishment of rejecting the truth, which could be directed to the majority of the population who are Hindus.Calligraphy has always been considered the noblest and most featured art in the world of Islam as it transmits the Divine Revelations of God. The pious desire to beautify the Word of God was a central factor in the development of calligraphy in the Islamic world. One interesting aspect of Islamic art is that the form of expression can be found in a variety of media – in manuscripts, on ceramics, as large inscriptions done in stone for buildings such as this.

Date/Period
13th century
Region
India
Dimension
Object size: L:95.0 x W:14.0 x H:32.5 cm
Accession No.
1999-00801
Material
sandstone
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture