Detail of the illuminated opening page of the Persian manuscript, Gulistan, by the thirteenth-century poet, Sadi, one of Persia’s great literary masters. Gulistan means ‘rose-garden’, and the manuscript is made up of stories each representing a flower of the poetic garden. This manuscript was copied in 1649.

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Decorative Tile in Rustem Pasha Mosque, Istanbul

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Detail of the illuminated opening page of the Persian manuscript, Gulistan, by the thirteenth-century poet, Sadi, one of Persia’s great literary masters. Gulistan means ‘rose-garden’, and the manuscript is made up of stories each representing a flower of the poetic garden. This manuscript was copied in 1649.

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A beautifully calligraphed and illuminated small codex containing the famous poem in honor of the prophet Muhammad, popularly known as Qaṣīdat al-Burdah (“The poem of the Mantle”), composed by Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Būṣīrī (d.694 AH / 1294 CE) and executed in a number of scripts, probably in Iran, by Ḥabīb Allāh ibn Dūst Muḥammad al-Khwārizmī in the 11th AH / 17th CE century. See this manuscript page by page at the Walters Art Museum website: art.thewalters.org/viewwoa.aspx?id=23935

This is a deluxe copy of the Quintet (Khamsah) of Amīr Khusraw Dihlavī (d.725 AH /1325 CE). Although now incomplete, this manuscript was penned in nastaʿlīq script by the famous late 16th century Mughal calligrapher Muḥammad Ḥusayn Zarrīn Qalam al-Kashmīrī and decorated by a number of illuminators and painters. The codex has beautifully decorated borders with vegetal, bird, animal motifs and human figures.

This large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the ninth century AH / fifteenth CE.

T"oros Roslin Armenian, Hromklay, 1256

Qur’an, India, 16th century. Chapter 18, al-Kahf (The Cave) verse 110 to Chapter 19, Maryam (Mary), verse 31

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