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Suleyman hunting with hawks, 16th century miniature from ms H.1524 p 248A, Book of Accomplishments, Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Selim I being enthroned, 16th century miniature from ms H.1523 p 201A, Book of Accomplishments, Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Persian Miniature: The preface and the margins of books were adorned. These designs were passed on to the next centuries, together with precise principles and rules, which is known as the “Art of Illumination.”

Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb mounted on a horse, and ready for battle, 1660-70. Aurangzeb was the son of Shah Jahan and brother of Dara Shikoh and reigned from 1658–1707