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Book of Omens


For the people of Iran and Turkey during the 16th and 17th centuries, trying to predict the future produced some incredible works of art.

The illustrated texts known as Falnama: The Book of Omens are being displayed together in a new exhibit at the Sackler Gallery in Washington.

The artwork on display has come from: Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva; The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.

Matt Frei reports on what the omens reveal.

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