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'Abdullah ibn al-Fadl | "Physician Preparing an Elixir", Folio from a Materia Medica of Dioscorides | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Preparation of Medicine from Honey: Leaf from an Arabic translation of the Materia Medica of Dioscorides, dated 1224 Iraq, Baghdad School Colors and gold on paper 12.5 x 8.5 in. (31.8 x 21.6 cm) Rogers Fund, 1913 (13.152.6)
Helmet | Turkish, probably Istanbul | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Helmet, mid-16th century; Ottoman period Turkish Steel, damascened with gold This helmet was forged from watered steel and decorated in gold with arabesques and Qur’anic inscriptions. It is similar to a helmet (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna) made about 1560 for a grand vizier of the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66). Both helmets were presumably made in one of the imperial workshops in Istanbul.
Talismanic Scroll | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Amulet, 11th century; Fatimid, Egypt Ink on paper H. 9 in. (23 cm), W. 3 1/4 in. (8.4 cm) Centuries before block printing was introduced in Europe, the technique was used in the Islamic world to produce miniature texts consisting of prayers, incantations, and Qur’anic verses that were kept in amulet boxes. The text on this amulet is in the angular kufic script. The six-pointed star, a familiar symbol in Islamic art, is usually called "Solomon's seal."