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In the 11th century, an Iranian known as Ibn Bakhtishu was a physician to the Abbasids in Baghdad. He compiled information about various animals and their uses. Two centuries later the work was translated from Arabic into Persian and illustrated with beautiful miniatures. Today The Morgan Library & Museum is home to this important Persian manuscript, which is regarded by experts as one of the greatest of all Iranian manuscripts.

simorgh

wolf

rhinoceros

lions

leopard

camel

Elephants

bears

Cain & Able

Adam & Eve

✤ Also available in: Persian

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