Smithsonian Freer Gallery Sackler Gallery National Museum of Asian Art Gallery Guide to the Understanding South Asian Art
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Merchants brought Islam to South Asia as early as the seventh century (see Islamic gallery guide). The rulers of the Islamic kingdoms that emerged by the twelfth century built vast palaces and forts as well as grand mosques and tombs adorned with calligraphy and abstract ornament. The courts were also centers for the production of book arts, including paintings that illustrated national epics and dynastic histories.
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Mah Saman Poisons Shakar
Mah Saman Poisons Shakar
folio from a manuscript
India, ca. 1450
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
overall: 32.2 x 24.0 cm (12 7/8 x 9 1/2 in.)
Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition
Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler

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