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Assignment 13

Christian artwork is allowed to depict the image of Christ or God, while Islam prohibits that.
This image shows what is frequently used in Islamic art for religious representation. Common reoccurring symbols were decorative vegetal border and palatial gardens. Depicting the beauty and perfection of paradise. Also present are inscriptions from the Koran describing the images in reference to its reference to paradise.
Although traditional Islamic art was devoid of zoomorphic beings, luxury arts and secular arts such as this dish, often contained scenes with applicable proverbs. The practical advice assimilated towards a secular life. Which would have appealed to cultured individuals like successful merchants, politicians, or even soldiers.
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