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        The Burda of al-Busiri, 1379

        Egyptian School (14th century AD). Medium: gold leaf, blue pigment and ink on paper. Date: 1379. 'The Poem of the Cloak' by Busiri (1211-94) is a poem in praise of the prophet Muhammad who appears in a vision to the poet and cures him of paralysis by wrapping him in a mantle; Nahj El-Burduh; immensely popular and celebrated poem; Provenance: Institute of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg, Russia / Giraudon. Photographic Rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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