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'Island of the giant bird,' 18th C.  “The Book of Wonders of the Age” (origin Arabic). Persian script, painted in India.

52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations, Week 50: the Book of Wonders

'Island of the giant bird,' from or century manuscript copy of “The Book of Wonders of the Age” (St Andrews

Le Serpent Rieur (mar-ı kahkaha). Mehmed ibn Emir Hasan al-Su’ûdî, Matâli’ al-su‘âda wa yanâbi‘ al-siyâda ("Le livre du bonheur"), Istanbul (Turquie), 1582. BnF, département des Manuscrits, supplément turc 242, f. 90 v°

Le Serpent Rieur ~ Mehmed ibn Emir Hasan al-Su’ûdî, Matâli’, Istanbul (Turquie),

Cinleri ve Tuhaf Yaratıkları Resmeden Muhammed el-Kazvînî'nin 23 İlginç Çizimi

Wonders of creation, A huge bird carries a man on its back, Walters Manuscript fol. by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts

Folio from a Mu'nis al-ahrar fi daqa'iq al-ash'ar (The Free Man's Companion to the Subtleties of Poems) of Jajarmi

Mu'is al ahrar fi daqa'iq al ashcar (The Free Man's Companion to the Subtleties of Poems) of Jajarmi, Ilkhanid period a. Iran, Isfahan Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Il segno dei pesci - Seyyid Mohammed ibn Emir Hasan, Metaliʿü'l-saadet ve yenabiʿü-l-siyadet, 1582. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Supplément turc 242, f 30v.

Manuscript-Astrology-Metaliʿü'l-saadet ve yenabiʿü-l-siyadet Seyyid Mohammed ibn Emir Hasan el-Suʿudî, Gallica,BnF

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Persian miniature - face of Mohamed blank out of respect

Shah Jahan, famed ruler of the Mughal Empire of India and patron of the arts, sciences and poetry.  Grandson of Akbar the Great and the man who comissioned the Taj Mahal

Shah Jahan, famed ruler of the Mughal Empire of India and patron of the arts, sciences and poetry. Grandson of Akbar the Great and the man who comissioned the Taj Mahal

Wonders of creation, Two angels: one like a winged elephant, the other like a fish, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.593, fol. 12a by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Wonders of creation, Two angels: one like a winged elephant, the other like a fish, Walters Art Museum Ms. by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts

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