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The opening spread of this Koran is richly illuminated, with the first two lines of the surah al-Fatihah (the Opening).

Iran, probably Shiraz. 1336-1354 A.D. 21.9 x 14.3 cm. Thuluth, naskh and kufic scripts. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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