After the Muslim conquest of Persia, carried out between 633 and 654 AD, and leading to the end of Sassanid Empire along with the eventual decline of the Zoroastrian religion, Persians adopted the Perso-Arabic script and this art form has a phenomenal flourishing here as well as in the territories of the formal Persian Empire. The famous calligrapher Mir Ali Tabrizi developed Nastaliq script by combining the pre-existing Nash and Taʿlīq scripts in the 14th Century AD. This script is sometimes employed to write Arabic language text, however it is mainly used for titles and headings, but its use has always been more popular in the Persian, Urdu and Turkic sphere of influence. Nastaliq script remains very widely used today in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan and other countries for written poetry and as an indipendent art form.
Islamic Ring with Epigraphic Gemstone
An alluring bronze signet ring with a disc shaped bezel, featuring an inset dark stone mottled with red freckles cloison with an incised Nastaliq calligraphic inscription. A fine twisted bronze wire interspersed with clusters of granules frame the bezel. Approximate UK ring size: M.
Provenance: Ex important Mayfair, London, UK, collection, 1970-1999.
Condition: Very fine, suitable for modern wear with care.
|Dimensions||W 2.3 cm|
Near East (Western Asiatic)