"The Conference of the Birds", written in the 12th century by the Persian poet and mystic Farid ud-Din Attar, tells how the birds of the world gather in order to search for a mythological king, the Simorgh. Each of the birds represents a different human type a coward, a lover and much of the poem consists of tales told by their leader in answer to their objections to the journey or their questions about it. Farah K. Behbehani has selected stories from this great work of Persian literature (in English verse translation) about thirteen of the birds and their journey, illustrating the Arabic name of each bird in Jali Diwani calligraphy, an ornamental cursive script developed by the Ottomans which is characterized by its profuse embellishment. A line from the Arabic version of the poem that captures the essence of each birds story is also illustrated calligraphically and explained by a graphic system that enables the reader to understand the flow of the text in each composition. This exquisite and beautifully designed book concludes with a glossary of the Arabic alphabet in Jali Diwani script and interpretations of the letters according to Sufi mystical values.
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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, New York, 2009. 1st. Design and Calligraphy by Farah K. Behbehani. Small folio, 166pp, in teal cloth in slipcase. Includes a scroll-cut bookmark with a key explaining how to read Jali Diwani calligraphy. SIGNED by the artist. Condition is Extremely Fine, with only slight traces of wear at the extremities of the slipcase. -Shelved in Case #11. Dupont. Codice libro della libreria 9-114-1193769