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Tile panel in the central courtyard of Shangri La
Safavid period, 17th century
Iran, Isfahan
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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