Gryffindor: slightly smudged mascara, converse, sunlit eyes, laughter lines, stray hairs, 2:36am, tracing patterns on warm skin, rolled skirts, fingernail marks, feeling inadequate, damp eyelashes, cold lips, connecting freckles, sunsets, comfortable silences, soft hands, the click of a camera, blood rush to the head, forests, bare feet, hidden emotion, second homes in people, the fear of succumbing.
Hufflepuff: singing under your breath, stroking cheeks, forehead touches, polaroids, tapestries, subconsciously picking at the grass, shy glances, empty fields, white bedsheets, dimpled smiles, the smalls of backs, slender fingers, letters, calligraphy, art museums, cloud gazing, stacks upon stacks of papers, lockets, collecting stones, insecurity, the crooks of necks, the fear of being used.
Ravenclaw: matte lipstick, silk navy nightdresses, hot tea, unkempt hair, cold fingers, paint streaked hands, callous covered fingers, loose ties, postcards, wrist sketches, chapped lips, bright eyes, s cynicism, barely legible handwriting, heated discussions, ring twisting, crossed legs, imposter syndrome, 11:11, crooked smiles, stray pens, headaches, sentimentality, the fear of losing your depth.
Slytherin: foggy mornings, red wine, collarbones, velvet skirts, sheer stockings, competitive streaks, resilience, single tears, shaking hands grasped by gentle ones, skin lit by the moonlight, storms, longing, nostalgia, badge covered blazers, half full, unbuttoned shirts, pinned curls, glossy eyes, family heirlooms, quick gentle smiles, protective arms, pushing stray hairs behind their ear, hesitant love, the fear of losing yourself.
Illuminated Manuscript, Koran, Frontispiece, Walters Art Museum, Ms W.563, fol. 5b by Walters Art Museum Via Flickr: This large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the ninth century AH / fifteenth CE. The manuscript opens with a series of illuminated frontispieces. The main text is written in a large vocalized polychrome muḥaqqaq script. Marginal explanations of the readings of particular words and phrases are in thuluth and naskh scripts, and there is interlinear Persian translation in red naskh script. The fore-edge flap of the gold-tooled, brown leather binding is inscribed with verses 77 through 80 from Chapter 56 (Sūrat al-wāqiʿah). The seal of Sultan Bayezid II (1481-1512 CE) appears on fol. 8a. There is an erased bequest (waqf) statement and stamp of Sultan ʿUthmān Khān (1027-31 CE) on fol. 3a.
Islamic Manuscripts in the Walters Museum, Baltimore
I’ve had these images on my hard drive and my Pinterest account for some time… but only just recognized that they were all examples of Islamic manuscripts to be found in the Walters Museum in Baltimore.
I am absolutely stunned at the level of quality of the Islamic manuscripts in the Walters Museum. I visited the museum a decade or so ago, but honestly I remember far more of the Matisse paintings from the Cone Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
There’s a certain irony to the fact that Matisse was clearly inspired by the patterns and colors of Islamic/Persian art.
The Walters Museum’s collection of Illuminated manuscripts is undoubtedly worth exploring… in real life… or on line: