Sunday, January 09, 2005

Timurid Herat's Pictures of Muhammed

Salman Rushdie mentioned this artist in his letter to the Guardian. It is from an illustrated manuscript titled "Compendium of Histories." I cropped the image from the text but the whole thing can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Muhammed is the guy with the flames coming out of his head. I assume the winged figure is the Archangel Gabriel. Note that Muhammed is bearded but it looks like Gabriel shaves in the shower.


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