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Folio from a Guy u Chawgan (The ball and the polo-mallet) by Arifi (d.1449); recto: text; verso: A polo game: the dervish and the shah on the polo field
late 16th century

Shah Mahmud
Safavid dynasty

Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H: 19.4 W: 12.3 cm
Tabriz, Iran or Turkey


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