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Chess set, 12th cen. Nishapur, Iran
“This nearly complete chess set is one of the earliest extant examples in the world. The pieces are abstract forms: the shah (king) is represented as a throne; the vizier (the equivalent of the queen) is a smaller throne; the elephant (bishop) has two tusklike protrusions; the horse (knight) has a triangular knob representing its head; the chariot (rook) is rectangular with a wedge at the top; and the pawns are faceted hemispheres with knobs.”
Ottoman Turkey, 17th c.
“The somewhat playful practice of weaving an inscription into the form of an animal, bird, flower, or inanimate object such as a ship remains a popular tour de force among Islamic calligraphers to this day. […]
Beautiful as a houri, of angelic character, of auspicious omen, envy of the perfect ones, parrot of sweet tongue and sweet speech, peacock of the garden of … the lofty decree, sultan of the sultans of the world, fortunate and august, khaqan of the shahs, Darius of the time, Faridun of the age, hero of the world, [text reverses direction] champion of earth and time, sultans of the sultan of the family of cUthman ibn Sultan Ghazi Khan … may God extend the days of his [happiness] to the day of [judgment?].”
Shahnama (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi
Safavid Iran, ca. 1621
Shaikh San’an and a Maiden on a Balcony: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din ‘Attar, ca. 1600; Safavid
Since I got irrelevantly excited about Babur yesterday, here’s an actual portrait of him.
Rustam Lassoes the Khagan of China, Folio from a Manuscript of the Shah-Nama of Firdausi
Shiraz, Iran, late 15th - early 16th century
Fragment of a column from the Shah-i Zinda, Samarkand, first half 15th century.