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'Umra Certificate

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This scroll, created for one Sayyid Yusuf bin Sayyid Shihab al-Din Mawara al-Nahri, served as the official record of a pilgrimage to Mecca, Medina, Karbala (a site sacred Shi’a Muslims), Hebron, and Jerusalem. The paired green domes of the Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock mark the holy city of Jerusalem. A black knife recalls the story of Abraham’s sacrifice, while a small red circle evokes the grave of Adam, said to be in Jerusalem. The Holy Sepulchre is featured as well, with an inscription mentioning "Jesus, peace be upon him."

'Umra Certificate, Ink, opaque watercolors, and gilded paint on paper

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