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Miniatures from the Topkapi Museum

Bilkent University hosts the online collection of the Topkapi Museum, and has a particularly fine collection of paintings. While Ottoman miniatures depicting actual events form a significant portion of the collection, there are also early works from Baghdad and Mosul, as well as many works from Persia. It includes scientific works, Kalila wa Dimna fables, Nizami’s Khamsa, Firdawsi’s Shahname, and Ottoman works like the Süleymanname and the Selimname, which record the exploits of individual sultans.




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