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Calligraphy on Islamic Coins

Introduction Western coinages in the Hellenistic tradition are praised for the beauty of their images complementing perfectly the circular space. The art of the portrait flowered in particular in the Hellenistic world, the…

AN ELEGANT ASTROLABE MATER AND PLATES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE PROLIFIC HÂJJÎ 'ALÎ, ISFAHAN

Decorative Astrolabes and Compass

Close to 20 astrolabes, all virtually identical in appearance, are known from the hand of Hâjjî ‘Alî, who seems to be identical with ‘Alî ibn Sâdiq Qummî. They date from the period around 1780-1800, although…

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Arms and Armour Collection

A GOLD-OVERLAID WATERED-STEEL SHIELD, PERSIA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY of domed circular form with four applied bosses with gold overlaid decoration at the outer ring, comprising wholly of cusped cartouches filled with animal motifs…

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The Farjam Collection of Islamic Art

The Farjam Collection is one of the most impressive privately-owned collections in the world today. Featuring Islamic and pre-Islamic art, Contemporary Middle-Eastern art and International Modern and Contemporary Art, the Collection is born…

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Smithsonian Metalwork Collection

A collection of metalwork (including Iranian, Egyptian and Syrian objects from the 13th century). The Alhambra Vase | Origin: Spain | Period: late 14th-early 15th century Nasrid period | Details: Mariano Fortuny, the…

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