Found in translation: Ornate writing unlocks Islamic art

To an untrained eye, the late-13th-century “Star Tile” could seem like just another pretty object in a gallery full of exquisitely detailed treasures. The central image depicts a horse lying among flowers, framed by a border of abstract squiggles. Aimée Froom sees a richer meaning in the tile because she can read those squiggles. The …

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