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DOME IN IRANIAN ARCHITECTURE

The Sasanian and early Islamic periods The dome on squinches first appeared in Persia in the Sasanian period in the palace at Fîrûzâbâd (q.v.) in Fârs and at nearby Qal´a-ye Dokhtar, both erected…

Tile with Arabic inscription, Iran, about 1215. Museum no. 1481-1876

Calligraphy in Islamic art – beyond pen and paper

The development of sophisticated calligraphy as an art form is not unique to Islamic culture. Other examples include Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and illuminated bibles from north-west Europe including the famous Book of…

Nasrid plasterwork: symbolism, materials & techniques

This article provides an introduction to traditional materials and techniques used in Nasrid plasterwork as well as explaining their style and symbolism.

Made for the International Colonial Exhibition held in Amsterdam in 1883.

Carved stucco and stained glass window

Glazed windows of this type, both plain and decorative, are found in traditional buildings in Turkey and the Arab lands. They are usually set at a high level, over unglazed windows that are…

The Met Resets a Gem

n November, after an eight-year, $50-million renovation, 15 galleries devoted to “The Arts of Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia” will open in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art….

Detail from a folio based on the 1375 “Catalan Atlas” by Abraham Cresques.

Pioneer Physicians

With their legacies of life saving innovations, among the many who helped swing open the door to modern medicine were five whose contributions still resonate.

Tughra or the official signature of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, circa 1555-60.

In Search of Divine Truth

Striving for beauty through proximity to God is a theme that has always permeated Muslim poetry in different historical contexts. Here’s a look at poetics and ethics in Islamic art. Let the beauty…

10th Century Bowl

The Met Says ‘Open Sesame’

In New York, the glories of Islamic art are laid before the world. A gorgeous salad-bowl-size ceramic dazzles the eye upon entry. The bowl suggests a highly refined and thoughtful curatorial choice as…

A World of Beauty and Grace: Islamic Architecture of India

A World of Beauty and Grace: Islamic Architecture of India

The architecture of Islamic mosques and tombs is an invaluable treasure of world heritage. Many countries have taken inspiration from this tradition. It is well know that the most famous Islamic monument of…

Beyond the exotic – the pleasures of ‘Islamic’ Art

What is it that makes ‘Islamic’ art ‘Islamic’? In this brief essay, the author explores what links art spanning 14 centuries, several continents, varying political regimes, internecine differences and cultural and ethnic boundaries….

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