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        Tugra of Suleyman the Magnificent

        This article from the WGBH program Sister Wendy: "American Collection" discusses the tughra, or monogram of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent and the ornate nature of calligraphy, the basis of Islamic Art. Tughras are all composed of the same patterns of ovals, arabesques and lines, yet each sultan's is unique. Representational art was discouraged by Islamic faith so over years calligraphy became a decorative form of art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Turkish, Istanbul, Mid-16th century.

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