8.25.2006

Prisoners given their freedom by Mohammed


This 19th century Kashmiri depiction of Mohammed in the British Library fully conforms to proscriptions about depictions of holy figures - Mohammed is represented by the large gold flame, his successor Ali by the smaller gold flame, and even though their companions are shown as men, their features are completely obscured by their veils.

Kashmir is an area of India with a large Muslim population, and the book this image comes from is very conservative in its iconography. The bright colours are typical of Indian art.

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