The Smithsonian Institution presents this interactive web exhibit in concert with a larger show of illustrated manuscripts based on Persian lyrical poetry from the 15th to 17th centuries. The interactive website features the Haft awrang (Seven Thrones) composed by Abdul-Rahman Jami (1441-1492). The Haft awrang consists of seven poems, such as The Gift of the Free, a series of moral tales on topics such as the creation of the world, and the temptations of beauty, power and poetry. Select a poem, and browse through a series of windows, showing the full page spread in the original manuscript, zoomable details, and a summary of the story of each poem. In some cases, an audio track with captions adapted from Marianna Shreve Simpson, Persian Poetry, Painting and Patronage: Illustrations in A Sixteenth-Century Masterpiece plays as you view the images, accompanied by meditative Persian music.
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