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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

World

Rare Painting of Prophet’s footprints to be auctioned
PTI
London, May 06, 2013
First Published: 12:59 IST(6/5/2013)
Last Updated: 13:01 IST(6/5/2013)

A rare painting of the footprints of Prophet Muhammad will go under the hammer and is expected to fetch 10,000-15,000 pounds at a British auction later in May.

The painting made during the 18th century Ottoman Empire will be auctioned at the Mullock's Auctions.

Mullock’s auctioneer, Richard Westwood Brookes said "The painting is of the finest quality and an extremely important piece of Islamic heritage".

According to written and oral sources, Prophet Muhammad left imprints of his bare feet on a number of stones.

Some of these footprints are preserved in situ, where they were left by the Prophet and other footprints were moved and later preserved in mosques, shrines, and tombs of prominent Muslim figures.

Some of these footprints were collected and are now housed in the Topkopi Museum in Istanbul.

A similar depiction of the Prophets footprints on a Iznik tile (18th century) is also housed at the Benaki Islamic Museum Greece.


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