Early 16th Century, Iran
Is 1558, f. 2a
With its long, elegant rays and extensive use of gold, it is not surprising that the term used to describe this and other similar devices is shamsa, an Arabic word that means ‘sun'. This is in fact one of two identical facing shamsas at the beginning of a Qur'an both copied and illuminated by Ruzbihan Muhammad al-Tab‘i al-Shirazi. The white script in the centre of the two shamsas is verse 17:88 of the Qur'an.
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