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Woman in Iran Painting by Rachel Sharp

Period: Iron Age Date: ca. early 1st millennium B.C. Geography: Iran, probably from Luristan Medium: Ceramic, paint

Plan of Tabriz, Iran by the 16th Century Ottoman polymath Nasuh Al-Matrakî. From Al-Matrakî's Beyân-i Menâzil-i Sefer-i ‘Irakeyn.

This is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of the Book of kings (Shāhnāmah) by Firdawsī (d. 411 or 416 AH / 1020-5 CE), dating to the tenth century AH / sixteenth CE. The text is largely written in black nastaʿlīq script with headings in blue on a polychrome ground. The codex opens with an illuminated medallion (fol. 1a), followed by a double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 1b-2a), poorly preserved. The preface, ordered by Bāysunghur in 829 AH / 1425-6 CE, begins on fol. 2b…

Bowl with Four Phoenixes Iran, Sultanabad Bowl with Four Phoenixes, 14th century Ceramic; Vessel, Fritware, green-gray slip, underglaze-painted, 8 1/2 x 4 in. (21.5 x 10.2 cm) The Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, gift of Joan Palevsky (M.73.5.215) Art of the Middle East: Islamic Department.

Bird on a Pomegranate Branch 17th century Safavid period Tile; stonepaste body painted with glaze H: 20.6 W: 25.1 D: 3.3 cm Iran

This is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of the Book of kings (Shāhnāmah) by Firdawsī (d. 411 or 416 AH / 1020-5 CE), dating to the tenth century AH / sixteenth CE. The text is largely written in black nastaʿlīq script with headings in blue on a polychrome ground. The codex opens with an illuminated medallion (fol. 1a), followed by a double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 1b-2a), poorly preserved. The preface, ordered by Bāysunghur in 829 AH / 1425-6 CE, begins on fol. 2b…