Scherenschnitte -- Bismillah




Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim is a prayer heard frequently in the Muslim world. It means "In the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful" and these are the first words written in the Qur'an. Muslims say it at the beginning of their prayers, and also before beginning a meal or before starting a car or any one of a number of activities. It has long been a popular subject for calligraphers. This version is in a style called thuluth jali, and the original was created by Turkish calligrapher Mustafa Halim Ozyazici in 1956.

This lantern comes in two sizes, and for each size there is a limited edition of twenty. All of the materials used are archival, with acid-free parchment, and each piece is signed and numbered. The 5 x 7 inch lantern is $200.00 and the 3.5 x 4.5 inch lantern is $150.00. Please email me for ordering information, and please allow four weeks for delivery within the United States.