Persian miniature from the mid-1500s depicting Mohammed ascending to Paradise astride the miraculous horse Buraq, surrounded by angels. In Islamic lore, this event is called the "Miraj," or the Night Journey. From a miniature made to illustrate a copy of the poems of Nizami, called Nizami's Khamsa (Five Poems). Tabriz, Persia, 1539-43.
Al-buraq, Copenhagen Nationalmuseet, Dept. of Ethnography; Inv. DA 758. The inspiration for the Al-buraq, according to T.W. Arnold, was drawn from many pre-Islamic representative traditions in western Asia, including the centaur of Babylon, the 'man-headed bulls' of Assyria and the Sphinx.
"Muhammad Revives the Sick Boy", Folio from a Falnama (Book of Omens) of Ja'far al-Sadiq Date: 1550s Geography: Iran, Qazvin Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Dimensions: Painting: H. 23 1/16 in. (58.6 cm) W. 17in. (43.2cm) Mat : H. 28 in. (71.1 cm) W. 22 in. (55.9 cm) Frame: H. 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm) W. 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art 50.23.1