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    The Quraysh Discuss the Conversion of Seventy-Two Medinans. Two black men are portrayed on the right and left sides. From the Siyar-i Nebi. Ethiopia

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Africa | Ethiopian Manuscript | ca. late 19th century | Manuscript on vellum, 3 pieces sewn together. Single column of text between a plain yellow border, written in black with the usual rubrics, in a variable late 19th or early 20th cent. räqiq hand. There are 4 talismanic paintings, coloured in blue, red and yellow.

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