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Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum

is a 64-page booklet on Islamic art -- art produced in lands ruled by Muslim leaders -- after the founding of Islam (7th century) to the peak of the last two great Islamic empires, the Ottoman and the Safavid (17th century). Architecture, calligraphy, manuscript illumination, metalwork, ceramics, glass, and textiles are included, along with an historical survey of Islam. (National Gallery of Art)

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Unknown Artist, 'Tile commemorating the pilgrimage to Mecca' (Turkish). 17th century, fritware ceramic, painted and glazed. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Pilgrimage to Mecca

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