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Jade folding Mughal period book stand from Doris Dukeís bedroom at Shangri La
18th century
Northern India
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
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by N.F. Karlins

Plenty of people have discovered, or thought they discovered, the inspiration for Shangri La, that mythic, isolated land of eternal youth and peace in James Hiltonís 1933 novel of the same name. Shangri La has turned up in China, Tibet and even Pakistan.


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