Calligrapher of Kings – Da‘ud al-Hossaini

7 Feb 2020 – 3 May 2020

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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Whether microscopic or monumental, the modern Afghan calligrapher Daud al-Hossaini mastered all forms. He delicately inscribed rice grains with Quranic suras, penned over 550 words in a 2.5 cm square composition and designed architectural inscriptions like those that adorn Kabul’s Triumphal Arch (Taq-e Zafar).

Cultural advisor to the last Afghan King, Muhammad Zahir Khan (r. 1933-1973) and director of the national printing industry, al-Hossaini remained a passionate calligrapher throughout his life.

From 7 February to 3 March 2020, the Museum for Islamic Art hosts an exhibition dedicated to calligraphic artistry of Sayyed Muhammad Daud al-Hossaini (1894-1979). Accompanying two exemplary rice grains are a variety of artworks, marbled papers and archival materials that demonstrate al-Hossaini’s strong engagement with and commitment to classical Islamic calligraphy and the rich cultural history of Central Asia.

The exhibition is supported by a generous donation and long term loan of over 300 materials made by Dr. Heshmat al-Hossaini, the son of Daud al-Hossaini and long term supporter of the museum.

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