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ca. 1730. Mughal miniature from Nizami’s famous romance about Khusraw and Shirin written in Iran in the 12th C. Painted in Hyderabad, a state that was created in the Deccan india when the Mughal Empire had begun to disintegrate. The man is in persian garb while the woman wears Indian attire.

ca. 1730. Mughal miniature from Nizami’s famous romance about Khusraw and Shirin written in Iran in the 12th C. Painted in Hyderabad, a state that was created in the Deccan india when the Mughal Empire had begun to disintegrate. The man is in persian garb while the woman wears Indian attire.

Paradise Garden with refreshing stream meandering through flowering trees and groves of cypress towards a pool with waterfowl. Persian miniature c1300  he Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Paradise Garden with refreshing stream meandering through flowering trees and groves of cypress towards a pool with waterfowl. Persian miniature c1300 he Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Parliament of the Birds. Mantiq Ut'tair, Farahaddin Attar. Persian Miniatures on Tumblr

Parliament of the Birds. Mantiq Ut'tair, Farahaddin Attar. Persian Miniatures on Tumblr

Aqa Mirak. Iskandar réconfortant Dârâ pendant que ses deux meurtriers sont pendus (détail), 1550-1560.

Aqa Mirak. Iskandar réconfortant Dârâ pendant que ses deux meurtriers sont pendus (détail), 1550-1560.

Persian Qajar Painting http://www.textileasart.com/inventory/a939.jpg

Persian Qajar Painting http://www.textileasart.com/inventory/a939.jpg

A mythical tree, a vak-vak (or talking) tree.   The limbs of this type of tree terminate in the heads of different animals as well as humans.  The heads purportedly talked.  The image above (from a Persian miniature)  illustrates the legend that such a tree informed Alexander the Great of his early death.    (namopanik)

A mythical tree, a vak-vak (or talking) tree. The limbs of this type of tree terminate in the heads of different animals as well as humans. The heads purportedly talked. The image above (from a Persian miniature) illustrates the legend that such a tree informed Alexander the Great of his early death. (namopanik)

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