Rustam and the Black Div; single-page painting mounted on detached album folio. From the Shahnama of Firdawsi. Rustam, holding a weapon decorated with a ferocious head, kneels behind a tree while the Black Div waits on the other side. Both appear in caves. Surrounded by border with gold flowers. Opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
Mohammed (upper right) visiting Paradise while riding Buraq, accompanied by the Angel Gabriel (upper left). Below them, riding camels, are some of the fabled houris of Paradise -- the "virgins" promised to heroes and martyrs. This image and the following five images are Persian, 15th century, from a manuscipt entitled Miraj Nama, which is in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Taken from The Miraculous Journey of Mahomet