A framed miniature calligraphy panel, hand worked by a seventh generation miniature painter and calligraphist from Bukhara. The tradition of miniatures in Central Asia dates back to the reign of Tamerlane (1370-1405), while calligraphy associated with geometric Islamic art (arabesque) flourished even earlier, as seen on the walls and ceilings of mosques as well as on the page. Contemporary artists, like this one, combine the two art forms, drawing on their respective heritage to create non-scriptural calligraphic inscriptions or abstractions. The work is done using various brushes and pencils, gold and silver leaf, and much is performed under a magnifying glass.
The calligraphy on this piece says 'Allah'.