Ivory Plaque with Qur'anic Inscription

Walters Art Museum

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This funeral plaque is from the tomb of Shah Isma'il who founded and ruled the Safavid dynasty from 1501 to 1524. Notably, he promoted the worship of Shia Islam and produced poetry in Azerbaijani and Persian, furthering Shia beliefs.This plaque was taken from his gravesite in Ardabil, Iran and is ornately carved with Qur'anic verses.

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