Islamic miniature

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A miniature from the Umayyad period portraying a mosque and a garden c. 690 AD, from the Great Mosque of Sanaa's manuscripts

Islamic miniatures are small paintings on paper, usually book or manuscript illustrations but also sometimes separate artworks. The earliest examples date from around 1000 AD, with a flourishing of the artform from around 1200 AD. The field is divided by scholars into four types, Arabic, Mughal (Indian), Ottoman (Turkish), and Persian.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Miniature Painting". The David Collection. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Islamic Miniature Painting and Book Illumination" (PDF). Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 28 (10): 166–171. October 1933.