Sinophile Mohammed

Today's image shows the The Birth of the Prophet Muhammad - we probably should have started at the beginning, but ... It comes from Jami‘ al-tavarikh (The Compendium of Chronicles), which was created in Tabriz (Iran) ca. A.H. 714 (AD 1314–15).

This shows clearly the influence of Chinese artists, as a result of the conquest of the region by descendents of Genghis Khan. It may even have been made by a Chinese artist.

Edinburgh University Library (MS Arab 20, folio 42r). From The Legacy of Genghis Khan at LACMA, Cat. 6.

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