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Book of Omens

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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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