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Arabic miniatures are small paintings on paper, usually book or manuscript illustrations but also sometimes separate artworks. The earliest date from around 1000 AD, with a flourishing of the artform from around 1200 AD.
Arab dhow, c. 1230 AD, by an Iraqi painter
A giraffe from Kitāb al-ḥayawān (Book of the Animals) by Al-Jahiz
Arabic manuscript illumination from the 12th century CE showing the Brethren of Purity
1310 Syrian illustration of Kalila wa-Dimna
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- "Miniature Painting". The David Collection. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
- "Islamic Miniature Painting and Book Illumination" (PDF). Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 28 (10): 166–171. October 1933.
- al-Jazari, The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices: Kitáb fí ma'rifat al-hiyal al-handasiyya, transl. & anno. Donald R. Hill. (1973), Springer Science+Business Media.