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Journal of the General Union of Arab Archaeologists

Journal of the General Union of Arab Archaeologists

Abstract

The study aims to recognize interpretations of veiling the facial features of divine characters like prophets in Islamic Miniatures, various designs are appeared of such veils and an obvious development had been occurred from one school of art to another. Miniaturists in religious representations were keen to give the divines remarkable features like divine halos or usage of veils. Several researches mentioned veils' existence to cover faces of divine imagery, including prophets, but none of them made suitable analysis for such veils, with no classifying its forms, nor giving interpretations of its usage. Islamic illustrating production is rich enough with prophets' miniatures and paintings, what made this study is necessary to be centralized on the illustrated manuscripts in Konya museum of Turkey which is belong to xvi century as an advanced stage in prophets' representations in Islamic art. Research is introducing an analysis such veils and covers with application on miniatures found in the mystic museum related to prophet's stories with the appearance of veils to cover their facial features, with giving a short noted historical background about the prophet narration of each episode mentioned in miniatures.

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