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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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Leaf from a Qur'an manuscript, late 11th–12th century Iran or Afghanistan Ink, gold, and colors on paper

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Marriage contract [Iran] (1979.518.5a-q) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Notes in the front of this tiny Qur'an, in 'ghubar' script, state that it was given to the Qajar emperor Fath 'Ali Shah, reign 1798–1834, so that he could carry it in his pocket at all times. Binding is 19th C. Tabriz, Iran. Islamic manuscript: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Laquered Binding: painted pasteboard.

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عدو عاقل خير من صديق جاهل

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Collection of poems (divan), Double-page illuminated frontispiece, Walters Manuscript W.636, fol. 2b by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts

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Khat Kufi: Allah الله by Lutfi Johari, via Flickr